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    LAUP CEO Celia Ayala Statement on Omnibus Spending Bill

    “At LAUP, we continue to want to see our country become a Preschool Nation—that is, a nation that invests in preparing its infants, toddlers and preschoolers for long-term academic and social-emotional success. When individuals, organizations and lawmakers take action to make affordable quality early education possible for every child, we become one step closer to this dream. We were overjoyed this week when the House and Senate passed, and then President Barack Obama signed, the Omnibus spending bill, which will restore deep sequestration cuts to the Head Start program. We commend Congress and the President for being committed to the mission of early learning, and we look forward to witnessing how the ongoing work to strengthen and broaden quality early education will benefit our children and our future.”

    “The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed alongside their more advantaged peers.” – James J. Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of University of Chicago and Nobel Prize winner in Economics.

    Every day, public officials make decisions that impact you, your family, and your community. Advocacy is all about getting involved and having a voice in those decisions!

    Anyone can be an advocate and most people already are, whether they know it or not. All you have to do to get involved in Los Angeles preschool advocacy is talk to people about the importance of early childhood education. You can talk about your own child's experiences, what you've seen as a teacher, the advantages of preschool, or why it’s important for your community.

    LAUP is here to help. Please contact Naomi Rodriguez, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, at nrodriguez@laup.net or 213.416.1305 to get more information.

    There are many ways for you to advocate for high-quality preschool programs. Click below to register to vote online.