Advocacy & Public Policy Resources 

Learn about AzAEYC’s Shared Services Web Tool.

Decades of research show the impact of high–quality early learning.

Fact sheets on how Investing in high–quality early childhood education produces positive outcomes for children, families, and the economic future of our country.

Recommendations and Evidence

Establishing a unifying framework for the Early Childhood Profession

Become an advocate! 

The Power in Our Collective Voices: Building Your Skills as an Early Childhood Advocate

Knowing how essential educators’ voices and experiences are in advocacy, this article lifts up the voices and perspectives of early childhood educators who have cultivated their advocacy skills in Arizona. The authors also offer five practical ways to engage in advocacy. 

    Be an advocate: 5 ways to Elevate Your Voice for Early Ed

    5 Easy Action Steps for Early Childhood Advocates

    Use your Voice: Ben Alteneder on ECE Policy and Advocacy

    Spearheading advocacy and public policy in Arizona is part of AzAEYC’s mission! Early childhood professionals understand the importance of quality early childhood education programs and the lasting impact that a good start in life provides for all young children.

    Learn more about the issues that affect young children and their families – and the early childhood workforce.

    Consider contacting those who shape state and national policy at local, state, and federal levels. Register to vote! Our voices count.

    Children’s Action Alliance
    Child Care Aware Arizona
    Expect More Arizona


    Arizona Daily Star Op-Ed: “Funding Childcare Makes Sense and “Cents”, February 1, 2024

    Power to the Profession

    We’re building on guidelines, frameworks, and standards that currently operate across programs, organizations and states. NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative aims to establish a shared framework of career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation that unifies the entire profession.

    This will lead to a comprehensive policy and financing strategy for their systemic adoption and implementation.

    AzAEYC hosted Power to the Profession Dialogue Day to engage members on this very important and ongoing initiative.

    America for Early Ed

    NAEYC launched Early Ed for President, our first non-partisan electoral advocacy campaign. America for Early Ed continues that successful initiative. With a commitment to expanding opportunity, supporting excellence and equity, and valuing early childhood educators, America for Early Ed serves as a mobilizing hub to ensure that candidates and policymakers from both sides of the aisle embrace early learning as essential. AzAEYC works closely with America for Early Ed to support advocacy and public policy in Arizona.

    America for Early Ed Resources

    NAEYC Advocacy Resources

    NAEYC’s Call to Action
    Effective Advocacy
    NAEYC’s Position Statements

    National Resources

    Child Care Aware
    Early Care and Education Consortium
    National Association for Family Child Care
    National Education Association
    Worthy Wage Day