The CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship aims to provide early childhood development and school-age care professionals an opportunity to connect the dots between relevant public policy and the daily work of caring for and supporting children and families. Over 200 individuals from throughout Minnesota have graduated from the CARE Fellowship—driving progress for children across the state.
The Katie Williams CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship was created by Child Care WORKS in 2006 in honor of longtime children’s advocate Katie L. Williams.
The application period for the 2018-19 CARE Fellowship is now closed.
In 2013, an alliance of child care and early learning organizations came together to continue the legacy of the CARE Fellows, including YWCA Minneapolis, Child Care Aware of Minnesota, Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children–Minnesota School Age Care Alliance, Minnesota Child Care Association and Think Small.
Since then, we’ve helped many Fellowship participants become more effective advocates for the early childhood and afterschool fields when engaging and educating policymakers at all levels of government.
At its heart, advocacy is about influencing policy by elevating the voices of constituents and the community. And with support from the CARE Fellowship, child care professionals have more tools to affect positive social change that positions Minnesota’s children for success.
Each session is led by an informed early childhood and/or school-age care leader and draws on Minnesota experts to share the latest news, research and strategies to improve early childhood and school-age care public policy.
Fellows meet once a month from October 2018 – June 2019 (nine times in total) to participate in all-day workshops.
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Each participant makes a contribution to the early childhood field and/or afterschool field by completing an individual policy project during the Fellowship.
"I was not sure at the beginning if this would be something for me – I am SO glad I stuck it out. The experience has inspired growth and the continuous building of a wonderful network of people."
"When I first heard about the CARE Fellowship I didn’t know what to expect. I have never been overly interested in politics, and words like 'Policy,' 'Legislature' and 'Session' used to fly right over my head. However, when the opportunity to apply for the program arose, I didn’t hear any of those words. I heard 'Leadership,' 'Community,' 'Passion' and 'Dedication to Early Childhood.' Now those are things I know! Being a part of the CARE Fellowship has broadened my perspective and helped me understand the different avenues of early childhood. Learning that there are so many people and organizations who are all surrounded around a common goal has been enlightening in so many ways. Then to come together as a united front to make a real difference towards that goal has been one of the most empowering experiences of my career."
"Thank you so much for this amazing experience! It has changed my life and provided great direction for me in my interest of policy and advocacy!"
Whether you plan to advocate for child care in Minneapolis specifically or across the entire state, the CARE Fellowship can empower you with tools to enhance your leadership skills and create meaningful change for Minnesota’s youth.
If you’re ready to learn more about the CARE Fellowship or get involved, please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team would be more than happy to provide any information or support you need.