Policy & Advocacy
Why Advocacy is Important
MnAEYC-MnSACA works to ensure that public policies and a strong infrastructure are in place – and adequately funded, to give young children and youth access to high-quality early care and education and out-of-school time programs.
Several decades of research clearly demonstrate that high-quality; developmentally appropriate early care and education programs produce short- and long-term positive effects on children's cognitive and social development and youth in out-of-school time programs see increased academic achievement, higher self-esteem, and have a safe place to be, while parents also see higher productivity at work.
We can invest now in our children and families and enjoy long-term savings, with a nation of healthy, achieving children and more stable families. Or, we can fail to make the investment and pay the price: increased delinquency, greater educational failures, lowered productivity, less economic competitiveness, and fewer adults prepared to be effective, loving parents to the next generation of children.
Minnesota faces one of the largest achievement and opportunity gaps in the country. This issue confronts us all. We need all hands on deck. Communities, parents, the private sector, youth, and all levels of government must share in the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of young children, youth, and families.
We can and must do better to create opportunities that help all young children, youth, and families succeed.
The time for action is now.