June 2019 Update
DEY works for a just,
equitable, and quality early childhood education for every young child.
DEY Has a New Look!
After many months of hard work, we are pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed e-Newsletter and website, along with our new URL: www.dey.org

Our new site features streamlined content and design and easy access to DEY's rich library of resources, including reports, position papers and fact sheets.

Additionally, our new Stand with DEY section provides activists with tools and resources to take action on policies affecting young children and offers Mini Grants ( https://dey.org/how-to-apply-for-a-dey-mini-grant/) to help foster advocacy in communities across the country. 

All of these improvements will help us continue our important work advocating for a just, equitable and quality early childhood education for every young child. 

Click here to explore our new website and don't forget to bookmark our page for the latest updates! 
There is Still Time:
Sign Up for DEY's First Early Childhood Summer Organizing Leadership Institute
Are you ready to develop your advocacy skills or to take them to the next level? Do you want to make your voice heard to lawmakers and policy experts? If so then please join Defending the Early Years at our first Early Childhood Organizing Summer Institute July 7-10 in Washington DC. 
The Institute, which will be held at the Easton Hotel, will bring together 20-25 early childhood educators and advocates from across the country. The institute will provide early childhood advocates with the opportunity to learn various organizing skills, identify threats to the early childhood profession, network with other early childhood leaders, and develop a platform for protecting childhood that is centered on racial and social justice. 

More information including links to register and hotel booking can be found here: 
For additional information, email DEY Director of Early Childhood Organizing Denisha Jones at: denisha@dey.org .
Eaton Hotel where the Summer Institute will be held.
Meeting room at the Eaton Hotel
DEY Achieves 501(c)(3) Designation

DEY recently achieved the 501(c)(3) federal designation as an educational, charitable organization.

Initially, DEY was a project under, first, the Survival Education Fund, and, later, under the Progressive Education Network. Now we hold our own not-for-profit status. Donations to DEY are tax deductible.
A Visit to China to Learn
about Anji Play
Denisha Jones, Ph.D. J.D., DEY's Director of Early Childhood Organizing, was invited to visit Anji, China in May and to learn about Anji Play.

Read her two inspiring blogs here:

Defending the Early Years, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Donations are tax deductible.
Board of Directors
Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Founder, Senior Advisor, and President of the Board

Diane Levin, Founder, Senior Advisor, and Secretary of the Board

Marcy Guddemi, Treasurer of the Board
Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin 

Blakely Bundy

Director of Early Childhood Organizing
Denisha Jones

Director of Communications and Social Media
Gina Contursi

National Advisory Board
Sherry Cleary
Bill Crain
Stephanie Feeney
Doris Pronin Fromberg 
Ayla Gavins
Michelle Gunderson
Denisha Jones
Ed Klugman 
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 | www.dey.org