|CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship|
A Public Policy and Leadership Learning Cohort
In 2006, the Katie Williams CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship was created by Child Care WORKS in honor of longtime children's advocate Katie L. Williams.
The CARE Fellowship aims to provide early childhood development and school-age care professionals an opportunity to connect the dots between early childhood development and school-age care public policy and the daily work of caring for and supporting children and families. Nearly 200 individuals from throughout Minnesota have graduated from the CARE Fellowship.
Beginning in 2013, a collaborative of child care and early learning organizations have come together to continue the legacy of the CARE Fellows. Child Care Aware of Minnesota, Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children–Minnesota School Age Care Alliance, Minnesota Child Care Association, Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, Minnesota Head Start Association, Think Small and the YWCA of Minneapolis.
Participants will learn how they can be effective advocates for the early childhood and afterschool fields when engaging and educating policymakers at all levels of government. Advocacy is about changing the conversation and defining the debate. Participants will learn how to use their voice and share their story to impact change.
The CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship is an opportunity for participants to:
Each session will be led by an informed early childhood and/or school-age care leader and will draw on Minnesota experts to share the latest news, research and strategies to improve early childhood public policy.
Topics that will be covered include:
Gatherings: Fellows meet 9 times, once a month, from October 2016-June 2017, for an all-day workshop. We will meet the second Friday of the month, October-December. We will meet the third Friday of the month, January-June, except in March, when we'll meet the third Wednesday.
The Policy Project: Each participant makes a contribution to the early childhood field and/or afterschool field by completing an individual policy project during the Fellowship. The project is part of the Fellows’ present work or moves the Fellow in a new direction.
We ask each participant to commit to:
Past Participant Testimonies
“I never would have been able to just approach him [her legislator] out of the blue and advocate for kids and families if it hadn't been for the CARE Fellowship. I am so thankful that I was allowed to participate and learn from the experience. I'm already planning a one-minute elevator speech for when I go to Senator Franken's Breakfast with Al.”
"When I first heard about the CARE Fellowship I didn’t know what to expect. I have never been overly interested in politics, and words like 'Policy,' 'Legislature' and 'Session' used to fly right over my head. However, when the opportunity to apply for the program arose I didn’t hear any of those words. I heard 'Leadership,' 'Community,' 'Passion' and 'Dedication to Early Childhood.' Now those are things I know! Being a part of the CARE Fellowship has broadened my perspective and helped me understand the different avenues of early childhood. Learning that there are so many people and organizations who are all surrounded around a common goal has been enlightening in so many ways. Then to come together as a united front to make a real difference towards that goal has been one of the most empowering experiences of my career."
"I was not sure at the beginning if this would be something for me-I am SO glad that I stuck it out. The experience has inspired growth and the continuous building of a wonderful network of people."
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The deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 CARE Fellowship cohort was August 15. Stay tuned for future opportunities!