I attended a meeting on January 27, 2015 for a group called CQEL, Californians for Quality Early Learning. It was a gathering of local advocates in Sacramento, although the group is a statewide grassroots organization with members from across California.
I was greatly impressed by the level of advocacy – members were already engaged with legislators and familiar with some important current legislation. Here’s the link below to one of the Bills on their radar:
CQEL with CCDAA, the California Child Development Administrators Association, also led the way in working with Senator Steinberg to gut and amend his Transitional Kindergarten Bill which would have had the unintentional consequences of threatening the early care and education delivery system infrastructure of California (see my February 10 and 16, 2014 posts).
Currently CQEL members represent about 1,400 programs serving some 200,000 children and families. If you want to join a part of something powerful that will stand up for you, give them a look.