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Vote in August Primary

Thursday, July 26, 2018  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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Summer is a busy time, but remember to vote in the quickly approaching August 14 primary. It’s imperative that you vote in this election and encourage your colleagues, friends, and the families you work with to do the same. We need to hire elected officials that know the importance of investing in early childhood and afterschool.

What is a primary?

A primary election determines who will be on the ballot in the November general election. You can only vote for candidates from one political party. Find out more about primaries here.

Did you know?

  • You can register to vote online. It’s quick and easy. More information here. Online registration for the August 14 primary closes on July 24, but you can still register on election day too, August 14.
  •  You can check online if you’re registered to vote. Check it out!
  •  You can vote absentee (in person or by mail) before August 14 and you don’t need an excuse. Check out your county election office for more information.
  •  You can see what’s on your ballot before you go to vote. Find your ballot here. You can also print the ballot, fill it out and bring it with you to vote, so you don’t have to memorize it!

Make a plan today to vote early or on August 14!

Apply for Public Policy Fellowship

The deadline to apply for the CARE Public Policy Fellowship is Friday, August 10.

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

Help Us Better Understand the Needs of Women, Children and Families in MN

The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting a maternal & child health needs assessment. We need your help to make sure our communities are included in this assessment.

Please respond to this short 2-question Discovery Survey to make sure the needs of women, children and families in your community are heard!

We also encourage you to forward this email on to coworkers, friends, and family so that they can share their thoughts!

What is a maternal and child health needs assessment?

As a part of the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant, every five years the Community and Family Health Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completes a comprehensive needs assessment to better understand the current state of health and well-being of women, children, and families in the State of Minnesota. As part of the needs assessment, MDH also looks at the capacity of state and local systems to meet those needs.

MDH is currently reviewing existing materials, reports, and data to answer the question, ‘What do we already know? However, they also recognize the information we already know does not represent all community needs and that things may have changed since information was last collected. For that reason, they are sending out a Discovery Survey.

What is a Discovery Survey?

The Discovery Survey is being distributed to women, youth, parents, community members, and people who work with women and children across the state.

The Discovery Survey is short (only two questions!) on purpose: the goal is to make sure MDH hears about all the needs of women, children and families in Minnesota. Once they have heard back from you, MDH will compile a big list of needs of this population. After that they will narrow down the list to a set of statewide priorities.

How can you help?

Share the discovery survey link on your social media pages, email it to your friends and family, and of course, respond to the survey yourself! We want to make sure the Department hears from your community about what women and children in Minnesota need to thrive and reach their fullest potential!

Why Do Parents Spend So Much On Child Care, Yet Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley and Child Care Aware of America teamed up to create a new, short video to explain why parents cannot afford to pay and educators cannot afford to stay, and proposes a solution for a better way to support children, their families and early educators.

For a snapshot of the early care and education workforce in your state, please view the Index state profiles.

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