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We Would Love to Hear Your Thoughts on Murray-Scott Legislation
May 26, 2021
You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.
-Maya Angelou
In a recent position statement, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) wrote:

 

“NAEYC proudly endorses the Child Care for Working Families Act, which was reintroduced today by Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Bobby Scott. We thank them for their leadership in supporting accessible, affordable, high-quality early childhood education, and for looking out for children and families throughout the country. We encourage all members of Congress to support this comprehensive legislation as it moves our nation towards valuing high-quality child care as the public good that it is. Read more here.

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on the bill. Please add your views in our comments section. It’s important that we keep conversations going among early childhood professionals. Thank you!

 

A few years ago, Lilian Katz, writing in the book Developing People, reminded all of us why we must care about everything that affects children. She describes fourteen points she believes are important for the early childhood field to remember. Here is her final point on her list:

 

“I really believe that each of us must come to care about everyone else’s children. We must come to see that the welfare of our children and grandchildren is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people’s children. After all, when one of our children needs life-changing surgery, someone else’s child will perform it. If one of our children is threatened or harmed by violence, someone else’s child will be responsible for the violent act. The good life for our own children can only be secured if a good life is also secured for all other people’s children. Where are other people’s children right now? Are they having wholesome, caring, and appropriate experiences? The person who will be our president 60 years from now may be in someone’s three-year-old class today. I hope she’s having a good experience! To be concerned about other people’s children is not just a practical matter — it is a moral and ethical one.”




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Comments (3)

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Tiffany Peckham · May 27, 2021
Dimensions
Lincoln, NE, United States


Francis, thank you for the comment!

Carolyn, yes we must!

Francis Wardle · May 26, 2021
Center for the Study of Biracial Children
Denver, Colorado, United States


Unless the act directly requires and funds programs to pay all staff a living wage and benefits, I don't support it. Change in our field must begin with equal pay and benefits - equal to public school teachers.

Carolyn Jane Giroux · May 26, 2021
Saint Albans, Vermont, United States


Children respond to the goodness that they sense is within the others they interact with - parents, caregivers, and their peers. We must make sure that everyone in their sphere of influence are happy, self-satisfied.



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