December 2022 Update

Working for a just,
equitable, and quality
early childhood education 
for every young child.
Defending the Early Years, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Donations are tax deductible. Our Tax ID: 82-4308558
In Defense of Early Childhood Education and Care: DEY...

At the annual NAEYC meeting in DC, DEY held our first Research into Practice Session with Dr. Dale Farran from Vanderbilt University, and Kisha Reid, DEY Director of Communication and Outreach.

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The DEY Podcast With Kisha Reid EP: 016

"The DEY Podcast with Kisha Reid" is available monthly with fresh interviews!

This month, Kisha Reid interviews Rae Pica.

Rae Pica is an education consultant dedicated to the development and education of the whole child. A former adjunct instructor at the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 20 books, including the textbook Experiences in Movement and Music and What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Her latest book, Spark a Revolution in Early Education: Speaking Up for Ourselves and the Children, challenges and inspires early childhood professionals to advocate for change in the field while giving them the research underpinnings and tools they need to take real action and bring back active, play-based learning for the development and education of the whole child.

If you enjoyed the podcast interview with Rae Pica, check out her book. Sparking a Revolution In Early Education: Speaking up for Ourselves and the Children

Click Here to find the book
Children's Play Time Is a Key to
Early Learning
Our Executive Director, Denisha Jones, is quoted in this article expressing the importance of playtime and its link to early learning.
Children's Play Time Is a Key to Early Learning

Children's play should be seen as an essential vehicle for learning and early education, not a distraction from it, say early childhood experts. That's the message delivered at a webinar on the importance of play hosted by The Hunt Institute and...

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DEY Advocacy Campaigns

High-quality early childhood education and care must be based on principles of child development. The research on how young children develop makes it clear that they need ample time to play, inquire, build, create, sing, move, talk, and pursue...

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DEY Advocacy Map
Did you know that ...
  • New Mexico will provide free child care for the majority of its families, starting in fall 2023?

  • A recent survey by the Buffett Institute found that COVID-19 continues to compound Nebraska's child care crisis, including high staff turnover and staff burnout.

  • Illinois passed the "Too Young to Test" bill which prohibits testing of children in pre-kindergarten through second grade?

Find out about these and other early childhood news on the Defending the Early Years Advocacy Map.
Equitable Access to Nature and Play

Duluth Preschool Head Start program located in Duluth Public Schools in MN was awarded a $500 mini grant from DEY to purchase 306 pairs of boots socks. Eight of the classrooms have requested boot socks to have on hand to keep toes warm in our...

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Do you have an idea to help protect and promote play? DEY encourages all early childhood advocates with an idea of their own to apply for a Mini-Grant! 

DEY Director of Communications and Outreach, Kisha Reid, is quoted in this video from Community Play Things: Inspiring Early Childhood Educators for a New Year.
Our Leadership
Board of Directors
Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Founder and Senior Advisor

Blakely Bundy
Leadership Board Member

Diane Levin
Founder and Senior Advisor

Geralyn Bywater
Kisha Reid
Director of Communication & Outreach

Executive Director
Denisha Jones

National Advisory Board
Erika Christakis
Sherry Cleary
Bill Crain
Doris Pronin Fromberg 
Michelle Gunderson
Ed Klugman 
Susan Linn
Deborah Meier
Ruth Rodriguez-Fay
James St. Clair
Judith Van Hoorn

Founding National Advisory Board 
Constance Kamii
Lilian Katz
Maurice Sykes
Defending the Early Years, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Donations are tax deductible. Our Tax ID: 82-4308558

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