January Events & Updates, No 1

I wanted to be sure you knew about a few events coming up this week as well as current actions to keep the importance of ECE before our elected leaders.

This Friday, January 31 ECESF is pleased to co-sponsor a movie screening and discussion of No Small Matter. Please see details below and on our website. Register to let us know you’ll be there.

Join our ECESF planning committee for an ECE visibility campaign—Walk for ECE 2020. Ten year’s ago ECESF educators decided to Walk Around the Block at City Hall to keep our community and elected leaders aware of ECE issues. What should our event look like this year? Contact me at sara@ecesf.org if you are interested in helping to make this year’s event child-, family-, and educator-friendly and raise the visibility of ECE in our community.

Take part in two actions to secure more and ongoing resources for ECE—and keep the momentum behind Prop C. Step up to secure funds, resources, and policies you need for your children, families, and program.

Events in this newsletter and on the ECESF calendar
I look forward to working with you in the year ahead—to make ECE and supports to early care educators and families what you need,

Have a healthy weekend,
Sara Hicks-Kilday
ECESF Director
"No Small Matter" Movie Screening & Discussion
No Small Matter is a first feature documentary exploring the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

Friday January 31 6:30pm to 8:30 pm,
Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral 1100 California St.
Show your support for Prop C for ECE—passed in June 2018
Why your endorsement is needed

SF negotiations on gross receipts impact Prop C measures for ECE and housing.
San Francisco officials are entering negotiations with the business community and communities supporting each of the Prop C measures to restructure the gross receipts tax. The restructuring will impact revenue sources of measures passed for both housing (Prop C, Nov. 2018) and ECE (Prop C, June 2018). Both measures are currently held up in court—restricting use of the collected funds. The restructuring of the gross receipts tax opens up an opportunity (with  your  support) to secure public funding as promised in  Babies and Families First  (June Prop C) without the long wait for the court decision, and a risk (without strong community support) to have the amount lessened or other restrictions imposed.  Your commitment is needed.
Your endorsement of the ECE4All Pledge shows your ongoing support for public funds to ECE as outlined in  Babies and Families First  (Prop C for ECE). Your commitment will strengthen ECE4All coalition advocacy in obtaining supervisor pledges and in negotiations with the business community and San Francisco officials to keep  Babies and Families First  whole. 
We’ve made endorsements easy! Endorse electronically or download and share paper copies in your community. Sign on to the endorsement as an individual,  and  for your organization(s) (child care site, union, coalition, church, temple, neighborhood group, etc). Share with other colleagues, families, communities, and allies. Spread the word!

Can you help gather endorsements? Contact me, sara@ecesf.org .
Other Events Coming Up:
 Addressing Incidents of Bias, Anti-bias practicum training

Next session: Tuesday, February 28,4:30-6:15pm,
Fox Plaza Building, 1190 Market St, Room 1125.

The Anti‐Bias Practicum Training is a series of interactive sessions designed to support teachers to integrate the Anti‐ Bias Goals into their curriculum. It will provide extended knowledge and practical application skills and strategies. You may choose to attend all sessions or as many sessions that are of particular interest to you. If you are attending the Equity Institute, please note that the Anti‐Bias Practicum Training is an extension of our Equity Institute.

To register please contact Katherine Clifford katclifford@Comcast.net or call 650-906-8605.
SFUSD Student Assignment Community Workshop

Next session: Wednesday January 29, 5:30-8:30pm, Support for Families 1663 Mission St. Suite 700

SFUSD is developing a new student assignment system for elementary schools and we want to hear from you! Attend a Community Workshop and provide input that will help SFUSD develop a new policy that better meets the needs of San Francisco children and their families. Food, childcare, and interpretation will be provided.

For a complete list of community Workshops see SFUSD's website .
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