June 2022 Update

Working for a just,
equitable, and quality
early childhood education 
for every young child.
DEY's Summer Institute
We are excited to offer our 4th DEY Summer Institute! Join us for three-days of virtual conversation, June 27 -29th, aligning our work on behalf of young children and their families with a focus on equity, policy, and research. Click the button below to register. There is no charge.
Our panel discussions include:
  • Monday, June 27thCentering Racial Justice in Education, moderated by Takiema Bunche Smith.
  • Tuesday, June 28th – We begin with Advocating for the Childhood All Children Deserve, a conversation with Linda Darling Hammond. The second hour, we present Advocacy in Action a new feature where we highlight the work of early childhood advocates.
  • Wednesday, June 29thAligning Research and Practice and in Early Care and Education moderated by Denisha Jones.
The webinar will be held each day from 4-6pm ET through Zoom. Our zoom link is included in the registration and will be emailed to all registrants as a reminder each day.

A recording of the sessions will be sent out to all registrants at the end of the Summer Institute.

Save your spot today!

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The DEY Podcast with Kisha Reid

"The DEY Podcast with Kisha Reid" is available on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

June's first podcast featured Alissa Mwenelupembe, NAEYC's Senior Director of Early Learning Program Accreditation, discussing "Advocating from Within: Part II" Find the podcast here.

In the second podcast in June, Kisha interviews Jane Elgin. Her topic is "Taking Play Public." Jane is a third grade teacher in Indianapolis. The podcast will be available on Wednesday, June 15. Find the podcast here.
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.
Our Leadership
Board of Directors
Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Founder and Senior Advisor

Diane Levin
Founder and Senior Advisor

Geralyn Bywater
Kisha Reid
Board Member

Blakely Bundy

Denisha Jones

Marketing Consultant
Katherine Fligg
National Advisory Board
Erika Christakis
Sherry Cleary
Bill Crain
Stephanie Feeney
Doris Pronin Fromberg 
Ayla Gavins
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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