Invest in US Campaign
This campaign is a challenge to public and private partners, business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials to build a better nation by expanding high-quality early childhood education programs for children from birth through age five. ECEC is a committed partner in this initiative that supports comprehensive state early childhood systems and increased national investments in young children.
ECEC Invest In Us 1 Year Anniversary!
Powell Bilingual Elementary School in Northwest D.C., senior administration officials celebrated the first anniversary of the #InvestInUS campaign – launched at the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education in December 2014.
Speakers included: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama; John King, Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education; Roberto Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education; Brian Pick, Chief of Teaching and Learning for the District of Columbia Public Schools; Katherine Bradley, President of CityBridge Foundation, and O’Kiyyah Lyons-Lucas, Principal of Powell Elementary.
They were followed by a panel discussion featuring local business and philanthropic leaders who have made great strides for early childhood education in The District. The panel included Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund; Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager of Children’s Programming at PBS; Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Anne Gunsteens, Executive Director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; Dr. Matthew Biel, Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; and Rozita Green, Chief Strategy Officer for the Bainum Family Foundation.
ECEC Invest In Us Forum: April 15-16, 2015
The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) 2015 Invest in Us Forum was designed as an exciting opportunity to amplify the voice of high-quality taxpaying and non-profit community early care and education providers by engaging ECEC CEOs and members, invited guests, federal leaders, and other stakeholders in a dialogue about our organizational vision and collective advocacy priorities moving forward.
In December 2014, ECEC participated in the White House’s “invitation only” Early Education Summit that launched the Invest in US campaign to highlight the need for public-private partnerships and ongoing investment in high-quality programs that support young children and their families. Attendees were asked to make commitments to strengthen early childhood programs. Click here to see ECEC’s commitment here.
This ECEC 2015 Invest in US Forum, a central feature of ECEC’s commitment to the White House’s 2014 Invest in US initiative, allowed discussions of policy issues impacting the provider community, with a special focus on those serving private pay families. Discussions addressed the challenges and opportunities of current issues, including the impacts of public prekindergarten expansion on the child care market, the role of community providers in defining and demonstrating high-quality care and learning programs, new findings on the child care workforce, immunization protocols, and the role of program leadership among community providers.
This convening also included opportunities for CEO networking, an exclusive meeting at the White House Old Executive Office Building with Roberto J. Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education in the White House Domestic Policy Council and Kyle Lierman, Liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, a networking happy hour, and a group dinner for ECEC members and guests.
- Identify key policy issues salient to high-quality community early care and education providers serving the private-pay market and implications for public policy to include the child care role in addressing “ middle class economics”
- Serve as an outreach opportunity to receive input from invited guests
- Provide a forum for ECEC member-to-member sharing of best practices
- Refine ECEC’s messaging and policy recommendations following ECEC meeting with White House Staff
- Confirm consensus on short- and long-term action steps to support ECEC’s Invest in Us commitment. These may include:
- Advocacy priorities at the federal and state levels
- Policy recommendations and suggested protocols
- Toolkits and other materials to promote best practices throughout the field
- Opportunities for partnerships and collaborative initiatives
Read a full summary of the meeting here.