#CountMeIn Call to Action Week 5: Advocate for more public investments in early education.


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In Week 5 we are spotlighting organizations who are championing investments in early education. How is your community investing in early learning as well as the educators and caregivers who provide it? Please read, reflect, and share these resources widely!

Advocate for more public investments in early education.

The current unaffordability of child care is the result of a market failure that hurts Oregon's women, children, communities and economy. This broken market cannot be fixed without more public dollars. Be a force for bigger and better public investments in this critical area.


Women's Foundation of Oregon: "Cost of Caregiving Video"

Brookings Institution: "Why the Federal Government Should Subsidize Childcare and How to Pay for It"

The Alliance for Early Success is a catalyst for bringing state, national, and funding partners together to improve state policies for children, starting at birth and continuing through age eight.

The BUILD Initiative supports state leaders in their work to develop a comprehensive system of programs, policies and services that serve the needs of young children and their families. This systems building approach effectively prepares our youngest children for a successful future, while carefully using private and public resources.

Children’s Institute (CI) envisions an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and life. CI is moving research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in our youngest children birth through third grade. 

Family Forward Oregon is currently working to establish paid sick days, paid family leave, workplace flexibility, equal pay for equal work, rights for domestic workers, retirement security, and accessible, affordable child care for all in the state of Oregon.

First Focus is a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus leads a comprehensive advocacy strategy, with its hands-on experience with federal policymaking and a commitment to seeking policy solutions.

The Foundation for Child Development connects research, policy and practice to help build early childhood systems that enable children to reach their full potential. They believe that the quality of early care and education and the strongest outcomes for children depend on a competent, appropriately compensated, and supported workforce.

Oregon Department of Education Early Learning Division supports Early Learning Hubs in 16 regions across Oregon. These hubs are getting cross-sector partners to work together to create local systems that are aligned, coordinated, and family-centered. Families receive the support they need to become healthy, stable and attached and their children receive the early learning experiences they need to thrive.


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