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CARE Fellowship

CARE Fellowship

Katie Williams CARE Fellowship

The CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship is an opportunity for early childhood and school-age care professionals, parents and interested community members to:

  • Take time each month to deeply explore public policy topics that impact child care and children in Minnesota
  • Strengthen their understanding of the early childhood and school-age care system in Minnesota
  • Connect with other advocates from various sectors of the early childhood and school-age care fields
  • Discover new ways to advocate and make Minnesota better for all children

Each session will be led by an informed early childhood and/or school-age care leader and will draw on Minnesota experts to share the latest news, research and strategies to improve child care public policy.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Advocacy
  • Understanding the early care and learning system
  • Minnesota legislative process
  • Telling personal stories
  • Effective legislative meetings
  • Community organizing
  • Shared and earned media
  • Personal leadership style
  • Emerging educational issues

The Fellows will meet the third Friday of each month October through June in the Twin Cities metro.

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About This Fellowship

In 2006, the Katie Williams CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship was created by Child Care WORKS in honor of longtime children's advocate Katie L. Williams. Nearly 100 individuals from throughout Minnesota have graduated from the CARE Fellowship.

Beginning in 2013, a collaborative of child care and early learning organizations have come together to continue the legacy of the CARE Fellows. Child Care Aware of Minnesota, Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children–Minnesota School Aged Care Alliance, Minnesota Child Care Association, Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, Think Small and YWCA Minneapolis.