Did You Know?
As leaders in the early care and education community, CEC staff members participate in community activities that promote the improvement of programs for children and advocate for children and families.
Last week, the CEC’s program directors attended the local child care resource and referral agency’s annual Policy Maker’s Breakfast in order to network with education and business leaders, as well as local and state politicians. At events like this, we receive updates about legislation and budget considerations that not only impact the early childhood profession but also teachers, education, family systems, and regulations, which we then share with our teachers. Being aware of social and community issues and engaging in advocacy are important in our field and are part of NAEYC accreditation criteria.
This year’s event celebrated the numerous contributions made by Assemblyman Chris Holden (District 41) to advance legislation that positively impacts children, families, and the community. Notably, he has authored and supported legislation that protects individuals with developmental disabilities, supports education and foster youth, and advocates for the homeless, as well as matters concerning employment and business development. Assemblyman Holden’s district stretches from Pasadena to Upland and includes the communities of Altadena, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Holden served 24 years as a Pasadena City Councilmember and Mayor. He was the youngest City Councilmember at age 28 and only the second African American to serve as Mayor.
Additional speakers at the event included CEC alum parent, Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Ed Chau, and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek.
Its Screen Free Week!
Each year we happily share information about the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Screen Free Week. Research from organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association for the Education of Young Children are informing us of just how concerning the overuse of screen media and imbedded advertising can detrimentally impact children’s health, cognitive development and socialization.
Join communities around the world as they unplug from ad-supported screens and rediscover the joys of the physical world. Learn more and find ways to celebrate at screenfree.org