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If we don’t speak up for our youngest children their development will be compromised

October 12, 2017
Janna Wagner
The Hill

In 2010, James (a pseudonym) was one of the first children served through our newly opened Early Head Start (EHS) program. His foster mom was referred to us and was looking for quality care for James, who was a preemie and traumatically removed from his mother at birth. Marie, one of our EHS family child care providers, welcomed James into her program and, like she did with all of her child care children, loved and treated James like her own.

When James arrived he had no language, came with a huge medical file, and was a little less than four months old. We noticed his developmental and sensory delays immediately. Marie wasn’t daunted. She soothed, hugged, and loved James. She read to him, played tummy time, and sang to him. She was responsive and caring during routines and in every interaction.  …

As co-founder and chief learning officer of All Our Kin, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that creates quality child care options for low-income families, I have had the honor to work with and learn from children and educators like James and Marie for almost twenty years. I have seen, first hand, the impact of high quality early childhood care and education for children, families and society — time and time again.

Three weeks ago, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) shared her bold vision for what a nation committed to all young children could look like by introducing The Child Care for Working Families Act. Supported by 27 senators and endorsed by over 100 organizations serving children and families, The Child Care for Working Families Act addresses the massive child care crisis in our nation head on.