The DEY Project Announces Up to $10K in Grants to Support Parents Taking on the Common Core

Non-profit Fosters Community Efforts to Protect Early Childhood Classrooms

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We've heard from parents and teachers across the country who are fed up with 'too much, too soon' education policies that are inappropriate for young children. We hope that DEY's Mini Grants will turn frustration into action.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 14, 2014

Defending the Early Years (deyproject.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting appropriate practices in early childhood classrooms, announced today the kick-off of its Action Mini Grant initiative.

Designed to support the efforts of parents and teachers rallying for reform of Common Core State Standards in K-3rd Grade classrooms, the initiative will award grants ranging from $200.00 to $500.00 to applicants that successfully outline action plans supporting the goals of The DEY Project.

"We have heard from parents and teachers across the country who are fed up with 'too much, too soon' education policies that are inappropriate for young children,” said Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, Director of Defending the Early Years. “We hope that DEY's Mini Grants will help turn that frustration into action."

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and up to 20 awards will be granted. Action plans may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hosting parent information meetings
  • Organizing a Call Your Legislator Day
  • Spearheading letter writing campaigns to politicians
  • Organizing a “Play-In” or “Opt Out” campaign
  • Holding Open Forums for community members and stakeholders

For more information, download mini grant application here.

Additionally, Defending the Early Years has released a variety of tools to help parents understand what is happening with the Common Core State Standards in early childhood classrooms across the country. Resources include their new What Parents Need to Know fact sheet and a DEY Mobilizing Kit that provides both informational and action resources to help parents advocate for best practices in their children’s classrooms.

Founded in 2012, Defending the Early Years is committed to supporting and nurturing the needs and rights of young children and promoting best practices in early childhood education. DEY is a non-profit project of the Survival Education Fund, Inc. - a 501(c) 3 educational organization. For more information, visit http://www.deyproject.org or follow on Twitter @DEY_Project.


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