ECESF is calling all early care educators in San Francisco! We can’t Walk Around the Block this year … but we can Advocate Around the Bay (& Beyond!)
What do you need to do? Snap a picture with a message, use one you have, or look on our website for pictures shared by your colleagues as the week goes on—and post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—or your favorite social media. Post your messages at least once a day at noon every day of the Week of the Young Child 2020 . See detailed how to’s below.
Advocate Around the Bay—How To’s
- What’s the message? Let everyone know …
- What are you doing to stay connected with your children, families, and colleagues?
- What do you, your colleagues, and your family need to stay safe & keep going?
- Use campaign hashtags: #ECESF #WOYC20
When to send?
Messages sent at the same time get noticed. Set your schedule a head of time—or set your alarms! Send Messages at least once a day at noon — starting today! Monday, April 13. Search hashtags, share, & retweet any you like.
Sample messages —use or be inspired to make your own!
- What are you doing to stay connected?
- Music Monday* with Young Children, safe at home—ZOOM! #ECESF #WOYC20
- Mental health Monday*, reaching out to my colleagues and families to say … #ECESF #WOYC20
- Keeping my families and community safe—closed for sheltered in place. #ECESF #WOYC20
- Staying connected online, safe at home. #ECESF #WOYC20
*Make a message for each day of the week! See more NAEYC and ECESF message ideas here.
What do you, your colleagues, and your family need to stay safe & keep going?
- Child care is essential for essential workers. Keep us all safe. Shelter in place. Individualized family child care for essential works only. #ECESF #WOYC20
- Child care and education is essential to our community. Keep educators paid and programs intact throughout shelter in place, so we’re ready to welcome children and support family’s return to work. #ECESF #WOYC20
- My families and colleagues need food, utilities, and rent forgiveness! #ECESF #WOYC20
- Distance learning is a short-term support in an emergency situation, not a long-term replacement for quality early learning environments. Keep teachers paid and programs funded. #ECESF #WOYC20
- Reopen child care when it’s safe—along with TK12, and colleges, and proper safety protocols in place to protect teachers, families, students, and young children. #ECESF #WOYC20
- Teachers need full pay & health care during Shelter in Place—early child care educators too! #ECESF #WOYC20
- Keep funds flowing for young children, families—& child care teachers. Federal funds for people’s needs! #ECESF #WOYC20
- Sustain teachers, and family child care and center programs, so we can bounce back! #ECESF #WOYC20
Resources and links for more inspiration for your messages:
- Letter by ECESF to U.S. Congressional Representatives (Approved and sent by CPAC.)
- “If children meet in groups, it can put everyone at risk [emphasis from the CDC]. Children with COVID-19 may only have mild symptoms, but they can still pass this virus onto others….” From the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment’s Statement on the Provision of Emergency Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic