Texas AEYC to Host Early Childhood Day at Texas State Capitol

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Advocates convene during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session to improve the care and education of young children

“We believe that working with the Legislature this session, we can increase the resources going into early childhood education, laying the foundation for the future success of all children.” Mitzi Bartlett, Texas AEYC President

The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) will join other early childhood advocates today at the Texas State Capitol for “Early Childhood Day 2013.” The 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. event will feature guest speakers from various early childhood organizations as well as remarks from Texas State Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock and Mark Strama starting at 2:00 p.m. in the Capitol Extension Auditorium E1.004.

Advancing its mission to provide professional growth opportunities for early childhood practitioners and improve support for children and their families, TEXAS AEYC is promoting two legislative priorities during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session:

1. Support Texas House Bill 660 (HB 660) that would provide scholarships, bonuses, and wage supplementation to early educators in Texas. Texas AEYC would like to secure $500,000 annually ($1,000,000 per biennium) to support the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Project in Texas. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® TEXAS helps early educators to attend college or earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and is a research-based comprehensive strategy to educate and retain well-qualified early childhood specialists.

2. Support Texas House Bill 376 (HB 376) that would improve the Texas child care subsidy system for low-income, at-risk Texans.

“We are excited to be at the Capitol today discussing the importance of early childhood education,” said Mitzi Bartlett, Texas AEYC President. “We believe that working with the Legislature this session, we can increase the resources going into early childhood education, laying the foundation for the future success of all children.”

The event is free and open to the public.

About Texas AEYC

The Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) seeks to improve early childhood education in Texas by collaborating with other agencies to promote public policies that address the needs of young children and their families. The organization is committed to promoting professional development and evidence-based best practices in early childhood education. Texas AEYC is a state affiliate of the National Association of Education of Young Children, the largest organization working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8. For more information, visit http://www.texasaeyc.org or call 1-800-341-2392.

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