Advocacy

A Voice for Children

Children in preschool programs are up to 13 times more likely than students in K12 programs to be suspended or expelled. In this video, Dr. Andrea Golloher, Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Early Childhood Institute at San Jose State University, explains why this is problematic and highlights how the ECI is providing training and support for early childhood educators and special educators to advocate for alternatives to inequitable practices like suspensions and expulsions.

The Early Childhood Institute (ECI) at SJSU believes we all need to come together to advocate on behalf of equitable, high-quality, and inclusive environment for children, from birth through elementary school. Here are some organizations we partner with and follow for advocacy opportunities both locally and statewide. Stay informed and stay involved. Children, and the adults who care for them, need your voice.

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Santa Clara County Organizations

Santa Clara County Local Early Education Planning Council (LPC): Established by an act of the State Legislature in 1991, the LPC is a collaborative association of representatives from the early care and education field, including parents, child care providers, businesses, and government that seeks to assess and meet the child care needs across the county.

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County: FIRST 5 Santa Clara County will be a catalyst for ensuring that the developmental needs of children prenatal through age 5 are a priority in all sectors of the community. We will fulfill our mission by targeting our resources and partnerships to meet specific goals in seven areas: children’s health, family support, high-quality early care and education, communications and public awareness, workforce development, systems change, and community and family engagement. 

Santa Clara County Strong Start Collaborative: Strong Start of Santa Clara County is a coalition of community leaders, individuals, and organizations committed to expanding access to high quality early learning opportunities for all children age 0 to 8 in Santa Clara County. High quality early learning opportunities support children's brain development, strengthen our schools, and more than pay for themselves through benefits to children, families and our community.

California State Organizations

PEACH: An Early Childhood Higher Education Collaborative (Partnerships in Education, Articulation, and Collaboration in Higher Education) is a Higher Education stakeholder group committed to preparing a qualified and effective Early Childhood Education (ECE) workforce. We advocate for quality experiences for children from birth through 8 years and their families. Our members hail from various sectors of higher education and stakeholders in the ECE community.