Child Care Advocates Expand Outreach with Launch of ECEC Radio

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Early Care and Education Consortium teams with BAM Radio Network

Today, the BAM Radio Network (BRN), a joint project of Moving & Learning and Jackstreet Media, announced that the Early Care and Education Consortium has launched ECEC Radio. The new media resource will give ECEC's members, advocates and policy makers access to the latest insights and developments in child care.

The program is hosted by ECEC Executive Director, Eric Karolak, and various members of ECEC's executive team. The program will be nanocasted on the ECEC web site at and distributed directly to ECEC members.

"We're excited to partner with the BAM Radio Network to provide timely, relevant, and succinct interviews with state and national leaders who are shaping the child care and early learning policies that most affect providers and the children and families we serve," said Eric Karolak, executive director of the Early Care and Education Consortium. "The premier program addresses early childhood nutrition issues with guest Geri Henchy of the Food Research and Action Center. Hunger and nutrition are critical issues facing many parents and children in this country, especially in light of the economic downturn and funding cutbacks. Geri explores issues related to the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which plays a vital role in providing meals for children in our programs."

"We are delighted to provide a new channel for the very important work being done by the Early Care and Education Consortium. We are confident that this will be a very effective resource for their members, advocates and policy makers," said Rae Pica, cofounder of the BAM Radio Network.

About ECEC:
The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) is a non-profit alliance of America's leading national, regional, and independent providers of high-quality child care and early learning and development programs for young children. ECEC was formed in 1999 to create a provider voice to shape public policy in support of high-quality care and education for children and families. ECEC is the only national organization exclusively representing the voice of child care providers on Capitol Hill and in the states. ECEC represents those who implement the policies created in Congress and in the states.

ECEC is engaged in the states and on the federal level in supporting strategies and advocating legislation that promotes the development and funding of high-quality early care and education. ECEC's efforts include meeting with legislators and their staff, testifying before Congress and the Administration, shaping the early learning debates in national meetings and the media, and building effective collaborations with other national childhood organizations. Directly or through advocacy grants, ECEC has convened partners, drafted legislation, bussed parents and teachers to statehouses, trained providers on how to lobby, and pressed for increased funding. ECEC emphasizes the need to address all parts of the child care and early education system

About BAM Radio Network:
The BAM Radio Network ( was originally launched as a resource for parents, aimed at delivering the most reliable information on early childhood development and developmentally appropriate parenting to busy moms and dads. Created by leading early childhood experts, the programming quickly became a popular resource among teachers and educators and was expanded to include an Educators' Channel. A third channel for directors and administrators was soon developed, which became the catalyst for the Education 360 Channel, which expanded the team of program hosts to include diverse voices and insights from the leading advocates in the fields of child development and education. The network is a joint venture between privately held New Hampshire-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network

The Best Educational Reporting Team:
BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Mark Ginsberg, executive director, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Gail Connelly, executive director, National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators
  • Michael McGrady, deputy director, National Head Start Association
  • Judy Nee, president and CEO, National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director, Association of School Business Officials
  • Janice Esau, executive director/CEO, National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director, National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director, Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director, National Association for Family Child Care
  • Dr. Eric Karolak, executive director, Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Barbara S. Belmont, executive director, School Nutrition Association
  • Sherry Waugh, president, National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC
Jeannette Bernstein


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