Here’s an example of how one group has issued a paper or policy analysis as a tool to influence policy, raise public awareness and set the stage for advocacy.
Here’s the email I received and the link to the article:
Dear EPEC Members and Colleagues,
The California Community College Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE) and the Early Childhood Professional Development and Education Collaborative (EPEC) have released a new paper, The Pre-Eminence of California’s Community College Early Childhood Education Workforce Instruction Threatened by Funding Cuts.
In this paper, the CCCECE and EPEC outline the effects state budget cuts are having on early childhood education/child development (ECE/CD) departments, campus lab schools and children’s centers, and students, as well as outlining the current strengths of the community college early education system. Community college ECE/CD departments, which have provided the bedrock for California’s ECE workforce training, are at great risk. The current budget crisis has caused colleges across the state to significantly alter how they can provide high-quality, timely educational experiences to students. In particular, the severe underfunding exacerbated by the current budget crisis threatens the existence of the campus lab schools/children’s centers.
We hope you will distribute this paper to interested friends and colleagues and join us in supporting this critical component of our workforce preparation system.