Jumpstart’s Policy Work: Fighting for High-Quality Early Education

The Policy & Government Relations department fights for the same things you care about, like increasing compensation for early educators or expanding access to high-quality early education for all our children. We meet with government officials and educate them about why these things are essential for each child and for our communities. We have advocated for pay increases for early educators in New York, new investment in early education in Kansas City, and published this editorial to highlight the President’s disregard for education in his State of the Union address this year.

The conflict we see in Washington can be discouraging at times. But we always remember this: the future of our country will one day be in the hands of the children you worked so hard to support during your time with Jumpstart. So, like you did, we push forward for them.

And you can help. We know many of you are working in the early education field now. You may feel that early educators should be better compensated or may be struggling with the weight of student debt. Or maybe you wanted to work in the field, but school loans or low levels of compensation (or both!) made it too difficult. We see your struggle and are working on a new bill in Congress that would provide up to $6,000 per year in loan assistance to help early educators pay down their student debt. Do you think this would make a difference? We want to hear your story! Please email policy@jstart.org and we can schedule a time to talk.

If you’d like to learn more about early education policy, Jumpstart’s advocacy work, and opportunities for alumni engagement, be sure to join us on the webinar entitled, “Making an Impact in Early Education Policy” at 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST on November 14, 2019. I look forward to connecting with you there.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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