Early Educators United

Early Education Superhero's Unveiled!

 

Early Education Superhero’s Unveiled

ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico Early Educators United released their first ever political endorsements and unveiled their Early Education Superhero’s for the 2012 General Election. Superhero’s include candidates for both the New Mexico State House and State Senate and were made by Early Educators United’s Political Action Committee.

Superhero’s were selected by bipartisan statewide membership based on the candidates knowledge and views of early childhood education, including their support for the Early Learning Constitutional Amendment and their willingness to fight for adequate funding for quality, accessible, and affordable early childhood education for all children in New Mexico.

Early Educators United supports and represents privately owned and non-profit early childhood education centers throughout New Mexico whose priority is education and development of children ages 0 – 5.

 “These candidates are dedicated and committed to fighting for quality, affordability, and accessibility for early childhood education in New Mexico, that’s why we named them our Early Education Superhero’s” reports Joan Baker, co-chair of the Political Action Committee and owner of My Happy Place.

Mind in the Making

 

Mind in the Making Learning Modules for Early Childhood Teachers, which have been recognized by the Office of Child Development (OCD) as an equivalent for the 45 hour entry level course requirement for center licensing, are an 11-part, evidence-based, Facilitated Learning process that uses research – including classic and cutting edge studies – to reveal how children develop and learn, and how teachers can intentionally promote engaged learning that leads to school and life success.

The Modules have been designed to complement rather than to replace existing teaching curricula or training systems for teachers with children birth through the early elementary years. They focus on helping teachers become more knowledgeable, reflective, actively engaged with child development research and intentional in their work with children and families. Their purpose is to help teachers integrate “evidence-based practice” with their own experiences, their own values and with the values of their families and communities and then applying what they learn to their teaching practice. 

His Kidz lobbies for early childhood ed.

 

'Get on the bus'
Terry Meyers, For the Headlight
Posted: 01/31/2012 03:53:24 PM MST

 

When Brenda Villegas began her career as an early childhood educator she did not think she would see the day that she would have to fight so hard for early education funding.

"The state of New Mexico is failing our children and they are not getting their fair opportunity for early education," said Villegas, owner of His Kidz Learning Center in Deming.

Community members, parents, educators and owners of early childhood education centers from across the state will head to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe on Thursday to lobby for permanent school funding.

It will be a day of action to restore funding for all children and to expand access for parents and children for quality early childhood education.

In the next few weeks New Mexico legislators will have an opportunity to support school children with two joint resolutions; SJR 9 and HJR 15 are now working their way through legislative committees. These resolutions will allow New Mexico voters to invest a small percentage of the state's school permanent fund in early childhood education programs.

Last year 62 early childhood education centers closed throughout the state and over 6,000 students of pre-school age were displaced.

 

Take 5 for Kids!

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The Early Learning Constitutional Amendment is on its way in Santa Fe and it’s now up to Early Educators to continue to spread the word through our communities.  That’s why Early Educators across the state have been engaging their communities with legislative meetings, advocacy trainings and now getting yard signs out to center parents and teachers.

How many signs will you take to hold our legislators accountable and remind them to vote yes for kids?

 

Our Kids, Our Funding, Our Voice

Check out the newest report, Early Education on the Brink, about Early Learning right here in New Mexico and the real solution to properly funding it.

Today, on the first day of the legislative session, our report was delivered to our Senators and Representatives to begin the conversation. It will continue over the next 30 days as legislators stand in the crossroads, deciding to either support Early Learning or ignore the foundation of education for our children, once again. 

 

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Hear from the PEOPLE about our Founding Convention

Founding Convention – The PEOPLE for the Kids Coalition

 

Early educators are coming together like never before over the last couple of weeks as we gear up for our shot at doubling funding for early childhood education in the January legislative session.
 
We already know the story – 10% of early education centers have closed in the last year and over 7,000 kids are now without a quality education because of cuts by the state. Read our report – Early Education on the Brink - at NMEarlyEducatorsUnited.org. And now we have a plan.
 
Our convention with the Working Parents Association, attended by 150 educators, parents, and owners and directors, on October 1st was an unprecedented launch of a statewide campaign to win for our kids.
 
We’d like to thank our guests for their trainings, presentations, and participation in the first annual convention of Early Educators United and the PEOPLE for Kids – Parents, Educators, and Owners Partnering for Learning in Early Education for Kids.
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