Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) will support the Invest in US campaign with a twitter storm and Facebook activity highlighting CDF initiatives that support services and programming along the early childhood continuum. Marian Wright Edelman’s weekly Child Watch column, also shared through Huffington Post and other networks, will serve as a way to highlight specific early childhood programming and its benefits to children in poverty. Some of the CDF state offices are actively engaged in promising projects that address these issues, including increasing access to early childhood services in rural poverty areas of Appalachia and supporting expansion of a nurse partnership campaign/home visiting in New York, home visiting and SPARK programming in Mississippi, and early childhood coalition building work for Native American children and other young children of color in Minnesota. We will highlight our family engagement work and prepare fact sheets and other materials that show the need of quality early childhood programming and support parents and new allies in promoting the importance of brain development during a child’s early years.