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The Importance
of Advocacy

Early Education Advocacy for Delaware’s young children is essential because a high percentage (approximately 40%) of the state’s children, birth-to-five years old, live below the poverty line, which has a direct impact on academic success. To that end, seven (7) out of ten (10) children in Delaware are not kindergarten ready, and those statistics have increased since COVID, especially in the areas of language and literacy. Deaeyc wants to ensure that early childhood programs servicing all young children are of the highest quality, including having educated and well-compensated teaching staff.

Deaeyc's Advocacy Work

Deaeyc works year-round to advocate for policy and legislative changes that benefit early education. 

In collaboration with other advocacy organizations in the state, deaeyc pays close attention to the legislative cycle to get involved at every opportunity. 

Coming up in 2024:

Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Meetings

  • 2/20/2024: Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) presentation and opportunity for public comment. 

  • May 2024 (specific date TBD): Advocacy Day

    • Legislative Meetings​

    • Early Childhood Proclamation 

    • Panel Discussion

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How YOU Can Get Involved

There are many ways to advocate!

  • Send emails or make calls to legislators about concerns, questions, ideas, or suggestions you have

  • If you're not sure who your legislator is, use the button below to "Find Your Legislator."

  • Share social media posts raising awareness to the causes.

  • Start discussions with friends and community members who may not know about the issues.

  • Join deaeyc at public events, like the JFC meetings and Advocacy Day. 

  • Attend public meetings like the Early Childhood Advocacy Coalition and the Delaware Early Childhood Council (DECC) Meetings 

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