Day Without Child Care 2024

Monday, May 13

Monday, May 13 marks National Day Without Child Care, and we want to invite you to get involved! Day Without Child Care is a day designed to draw attention to the national crisis that our childcare system is in. These issues go for both child care providers who are underappreciated, understaffed, and underpaid, as well as families who know how expensive child care is.

We have resources here that can help you advocate for providers and families, as well as resources that you can print for your program to give to parents as they drop their children off.

Public policy is influenced daily by people like you.

Here are a few ways you can take action to advocate for early childhood care and the early childhood profession!

Find your Legislator

The first step in getting involved is being knowledgeable about who represents you. Use this site to find your state senators and representatives. Sign up for news letters and stay informed on the issues and upcoming events.  

Contact your elected officials

Calling or sending an email is a great way to get in touch with your elected officials. This is an easy way to express your thoughts and concerns regarding various issues at the state and federal level. In your communication, be sure to address the problem and outline possible solutions.

Write a Letter-to-the-Editor

Responding to an article or topic in the media can be a great way to get your issue in front of thousands of readers. Keep it short, have the facts, and ask for action.

Build your advocacy skills

You support children and families every day. You are an expert. You are a storyteller. And you are—you must be—an advocate, who is informed, engaged, and effective. Since we know you already possess the passion, NAEYC has created a suite of resources and tools to help you gain the necessary knowledge and skills to elevate your voice and advocacy efforts to new levels. 

Track bills

Track bills with the Early Care and Education Bill Tracking Database.

Learn about the Iowa Legislative Process

Find information and various documents which describe and detail the legislative process, state government, the State Capitol, and Iowa facts and history.

Share your story

Your stories power our advocacy efforts and provide the why behind this work. Do you have a story to share with a legislator? Reach out to our Public Policy Chair Linda Fitzgerald and she’ll help you craft your story to bring forward.

Join Iowa AEYC

Being a part of Iowa AEYC means you support and advocate for the early childhood profession along with the organization. You will also have access to information about public policy and advocacy events specifically in Iowa. 

Get involved

Make a difference by participating in advocacy events or joining one of our Professional Engagement Groups.

Support Iowa AEYC

Your donation supports training and professional development initiatives and connects early childhood educators to tools and resources.

Become a member

Connect with other early childhood educators in your area and take part in professional development opportunities.