Project Overview

The goal of Lifting Voices is to educate early childhood teachers and administrators about public policy and their role in developing and informing it to support the state in building a professionally recognized, educated, and compensated workforce.

The Lifting Voices project is made possibly with the support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

– Phase I (spring 2013) offered a mix of online and in-person training sessions to over 100 certified early educators.

– Phase II (spring 2014) free webinar only series was available to new EEC applicants only and is now closed.  

– Phase III (spring 2014), a two-part series offered in designated areas in partnership with local organizations.

– Phase IV (summer 2014 – spring 2015), presentations, statewide forum, partner discussions, network outreach and dissemination of resources and tool development to support use of resources to increase understanding of public policy and how early educators can get involved. 



Lifting Voices Resource Library 

Access the Lifting Voices Online Resource Library link to access tools and resources to support you in educating others about the importance of an educated, compensated and professionally recognized workforce.  




 Voices from Field Participants 

– “To learn more about Public Policy, how laws and rules for our field are developed.”

– “Understanding how national, state and local public policy, laws and rules for the early care and education field are developed and implemented.”

– “I want to share vital information with teachers and other professionals working in the Early Childhood Education field that will encourage and motivate individuals to become involved in enhancing quality & professionalism in child care.”


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