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Families Belong Together

Monday, June 25, 2018  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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Families Belong Together

Earlier this month, we signed onto a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, along with 540 other organizations, clearly stating our opposition to children being separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border.

This action is wrong. This action will cause irreparable harm to children.

Yesterday, responding to enormous pressure, President Trump signed an executive order stopping the separation of families, but we remain deeply concerned about what happens next to the more than 2,000 children who have been separated from their families. Family detention still is not the answer.

The separation never should have happened in the first place, but we thank you for using your voice to speak up about this harmful and damaging policy. We encourage you to stay involved as we learn more. 

Election Season is Underway

There are a number of offices on the ballot this year, including Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, both U.S. Senate seats, all U.S. House seats and all MN State House seats.

This is a time to get involved and ensure those who are running for these offices understand the importance of early childhood and afterschool.

There are two days of voting this year. The first is a primary voting day, Tuesday, August 14 and the second is the general election voting day on Tuesday, November 6.

Early voting for the August 14 primary election begins on Friday, June 29.

Visit for more information about who will be on your ballot, where to vote, register to vote, etc.  

Many candidates will knock on your door this election season or they will hold town hall meetings. This is your opportunity to engage with them and be an advocate for young children. Use this resource to help you in having productive conversations.

Apply for Public Policy Fellowship

Looking for a challenging leadership opportunity? Interested in having your voice heard in policy discussions? Want to meet people who are as passionate about early childhood and school-age care as you? This opportunity is for you!

The CARE Collaborative is pleased to offer another year of the CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship (Year 13!) and continue working with professionals in the fields of early childhood and school-age care on how they can be effective advocates for themselves and the profession when engaging and educating policymakers at all levels of government.

Learn More and Apply Here

This is an excellent leadership development opportunity for those who are interested in learning how to make an impact on public policies affecting the early childhood and school-age care fields.

The program begins in October 2018 and will include nine, once a month, face-to-face, all day Friday training sessions and one Wednesday event at the State Capitol, and will include networking, mentoring, and hands-on projects to develop advocacy skills. The program is offered at no cost to participants.

Learn More and Apply Here

The CARE Collaborative includes the following organizations. We are all dedicated to building the capacity of advocates in the fields of early childhood and school-age care.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota
Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) & Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA)
Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA)
Think Small
YWCA Minneapolis

School-Age Certification Webinars and Website Updated

Attention school-age care programs! Certification 101 and Final Steps in Certification webinars are scheduled for June 26 and July 9. Check out the new webpage for certification for more information and be sure to bookmark the website for future reference!

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