What Are the Implications of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization For the Field of Early Childhood Education? | Policy [M]atters, Episode 1

by Teri Talan and Susan Ochshorn

This video chat was recorded on June 30, 2015, by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. This is episode one of Policy [M]atters, an early childhood education policy video chat series featuring Susan Ochshorn of ECE PolicyWorks and Teri Talan of the McCormick Center.

In this episode, Susan and Teri discuss the implications of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization for the field of early childhood education. They call for collaboration between those at the policy table, which they say should include early childhood education (ECE) professionals. They also call for ECE administrators to get involved, voice their expertise, and attain a bachelor’s degree so they can be on a level playing field when they get to the table. Teri shares a story from her days as an early care and education center director, while Susan provides several anecdotes from her interactions with ECE administrators.

Below are resources Susan and Teri have provided to encourage all ECE professionals to be proactive rather than reactive. 

B.U.I.L.D. Initiative
Child Care Aware
Children’s Defense Fund
Council for Exceptional Children
DEY Project/Defending the Early Years
Docs for Tots
ECE PolicyWorks 
First Five Years Fund 
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
National Black Child Development Institute
Network for Public Education
New America Ed Central
Reconceptualizing ECE 
Systems Thinking in Schools
Zero to Three