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Teachers of Literacy Support the Child Care for Working Families Act

Early education bill creates access to and advances childhood literacy

September 14, 2017

Contact: Jenna Fournel,


(Washington, DC) – Emily Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), representing more than 30,000 PreK–16 teachers, issued the following statement in support of the introduction of the Child Care for Working Families Act (CWFA):

“NCTE believes a child’s chances for success in school and life increase through access to early learning opportunities, and we applaud the introduction of a bill creating stronger and fairer environments for learning. NCTE supports the Child Care for Working Families Act (CWFA) provisions that help states enhance access to high-quality early childhood education for infants and preschoolers. We’re especially pleased the legislation includes literacy as a key domain under state early learning standards and encourages high-quality early literacy skill development and family literacy services, particularly for those for whom English is a second language.

“NCTE commends this legislation for requiring eligible child-care providers to not only deliver accessible services, but also to provide comprehensive services with literacy at the core for children and their families. This includes the bill’s commitment to culturally sustaining pedagogy and properly preparing early childhood educators. We seek to apply the power of language and literacy to actively pursue justice and equity for all students and the educators who serve them. NCTE supports the CWFA and stands committed to assuring all students have access to affordable and high-quality education services, which advance childhood literacy.”

To learn more read this brief Equity and Early Childhood Education: Reclaiming the Child from NCTE’s Equity and Early Childhood Education Task Force.

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