Public Policy & Important News

Public Policy will keep you up to date on important legislative activity that directly impacts the lives of young children and their families. Occasionally, you may be asked to contact your representative to show your support or opposition to legislative action.


We recommend that you register with American for Early Ed to stay up-to-date on all public policy notifications at the federal level as it pertains to young children and their families.

Registration is open for NAEYC’s 2021 Public Policy Forum, which will be held virtually on Sunday, February 28 and Monday, March 1!


Your $100 registration fee gets you access to approximately 15 hours of rich, valuable content with a mix of live engagement, sessions you can watch on your own time, and virtual gatherings to connect and coordinate with educators, advocates, and allies in your own states and communities.


There will also be opportunities to participate in virtual Congressional meetings. Remember, you must be a member to participate in NAEYC’s Public Policy Forum, so if you need to join or renew your membership, you can start with that right away. If you’re all set on membership, then find the email address for your state team leader, and reach out to us today to request the link to register for the Policy Forum as part of your state team! We can’t wait to have you join us.

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Your voice is needed! Join the movement for high-quality early childhood education by registering to participate in NAEYC’s 2021 Public Policy Forum today! 

As your state team leader, Jamie and I are proud to coordinate a group from Delaware to bring our expertise and commitment to Washington, D.C. Whether you’re an experienced advocate or a brand-new educator, we welcome all of your voices and hope you will join us from February 28 – March 1, 2021 for NAEYC’s first ever Virtual Public Policy Forum.



As a 2021 Public Policy Forum participant, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Be part of a powerful team working to advance federal and state early childhood policy

  • Hear from national and state policy leaders and fellow advocates

  • Get the resources and experiences you need to sharpen your advocacy skills

  • Learn about new tools, strategies, and tactics to try in your own state and community

  • Build critical relationships on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff



On Sunday, February 28 and Monday, March 1, you will participate in a range of expert policy briefings, guest speakers, and skill-building breakout sessions, providing many opportunities for networking and learning. 



The fee to attend the 2021 Public Policy Forum is $100/person, which includes all three days of the event, from the start at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday through the end of Hill Day (in late afternoon) on Tuesday! 



As State Team Leader, I am responsible for coordinating our state team. Please contact us  directly at Phil Acord or Cheryl Dillingham  to request an online registration link. 



Since this is a members-only event, we are encouraging you all to recruit a diverse group of your friends, colleagues, and partners who work in all early childhood settings to become NAEYC members and join your state team. Now is the perfect time! ,


 You can also check NAEYC’s website to find more information.

Links to informative websites... - For information happening at the national level - For information about Tennessee - For information thoughout our region (14 states) – For information on the state’s pre-k programs – for information on the Tennessee’s Alliance and new pre-k legislation for all 4 year olds. – this website will help you identify your elected officials. – for information on the Governor’s new pre-k legislation for all 4 year olds. – The Government Performance Project—this site shows the state’s report card. - Tennessee's Commission on Children and Youth TN Voices for Children