February 2020 Day on the Hill
February 19th marked our second annual Day on the Hill and it was great! Thanks of you we sent a strong message to legislators about the importance of early childhood education. More than 90 early education advocates from across the state joined the TQEE team in meetings with 70+ members of the Tennessee General Assembly.
From all walks of life –teachers, early education program directors, mayors, business people and parents – we carried a bold agenda: expanding PreK, investing in early grades teachers, fixing our child care crisis and putting nurses in schools!
As Mayor Julian McTizic of Bolivar put it: “The future of our community and the future of our state depends on early childhood education.”
Because of the passionate and convincing advocacy of our Day on the Hill participants, most of our legislation made substantial progress through the committee system. Unfortunately, the bills are held in committee because the legislature was forced to recess in response to COVID-19.
Know that we will be ready to respond and maintain our momentum, with your help, as soon as the legislature returns. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for alerts and invite your friends to join our coalition.