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That's A Wrap For Our Virtual Birth to 12th Water Cooler Series!

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Thank you to all who were able to join us for our first-ever virtual Birth to 12th Grade Water Cooler Series!

This two-day conference brought together many dedicated early childhood and K-12 stakeholders from across the state. Together, we discussed equity issues and shared goals ahead of the final budget impacting our ECE and K-12 systems.

Advancement Project California also thanks you for your continued support and for joining us in the fight for educational equity to help realize the dream of the Golden State for all Californians. Check out some of the highlights from this tremendous event.

Keisha Nzewi, Director of Public Policy at the California Childcare Resource and Referral Network, reminded attendees that we cannot go back to normal and must be bolder than we’ve been before.

Giannina Pérez, Governor Newsom’s Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood & Child Poverty, spoke about what supports are being put in place for communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Linda Darling Hammond, President of the State Board of Education, told attendees, “By reenvisioning the K-12 educational experience, the state can improve the outcomes for young Californians.”

Kamarie Brown, Crenshaw High School Student and student LAUSD Board Member, shared the youth perspective on ensuring a just recovery for all students.

Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, laid out how COVID-19 has exacerbated inequities and what leaders are doing to mitigate the effects on Black and Brown communities.

If you were able to attend, let us know your thoughts by taking our survey! You can also relive the conference by checking out our 2021 Birth to 12th Grade Water Cooler Series playlist on YouTube. In addition, you can also download resources shown at the event below: