Defending the Early Years

Our mission is to work for a just, equitable, and quality early childhood education for every young child, by informing educators, administrators, and parents about how children develop and learn best and advocating for the active, playful, experiential approaches to learning informed by child development theory and evidence-based research.

DEY’s Primary Goals
To advocate at the grassroots, local, state, regional, and federal levels for education policies based on child development theory and research.
To mobilize the early childhood community to speak up for age-appropriate standards, assessments, and classroom practices that are based on research.
To promote appropriate practices in early childhood classrooms and to support educators in counteracting policies and practices that undermine whole child health and optimal learning.

Our mission is to work for a just, equitable, and quality early childhood education for every young child, by informing educators, administrators, and parents about how children develop and learn best and advocating for the active, playful, experiential approaches to learning informed by child development theory and evidence-based research.

DEY’s Primary Goals
To advocate at the grassroots, local, state, regional, and federal levels for education policies based on child development theory and research.
To mobilize the early childhood community to speak up for age-appropriate standards, assessments, and classroom practices that are based on research.
To promote appropriate practices in early childhood classrooms and to support educators in counteracting policies and practices that undermine whole child health and optimal learning.

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