The first months of the year bring several holidays that naturally inspire us to reflect on strong figures throughout our history. These figures include the dedicated citizens who loomed large in our nation’s history, who shape our present, and who continue to shine light into the lives of our children.
In January 2017, a new President of the United States was inaugurated in Washington, D.C. That same week, our country paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose fight for equality continues to resonate with Americans. One month after the inauguration, the Presidents’ Day holiday turns our focus back to two early presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose administrations helped form the character of this nation.
When I was in Washington, D.C., with our advocacy team this January, I could not help but recall the foundational work of these inspirational men, and the unwavering, staunch dedication it must have taken to remain committed to the path they each believed in. I am proud that we live in a democracy and belong to a system that encourages the voice of LAUP – on behalf of its families, children, and surrounding communities – to be heard on Capitol Hill.
This trip to our nation’s capital was impactful and encouraging. We had many conversations with members of Congress and their staff, hosted a Congressional reception, and engaged in more meetings with partners and stakeholders who share a unified vision to advance a policy agenda that supports young children and their families.
I would like to thank the parent and provider ambassadors who paid powerful tribute to LAUP programs and services, and who shared personal testimonials of how their families have benefitted from the high-quality early learning opportunities facilitated by LAUP. These unique voices truly bring life to the work we do, and are the incentive for us to keep moving forward.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this impactful week. We will remain vigilant, with sharp focus, maintaining momentum and advancing public policies that put our nation’s children and families first.
I’d like to leave you with some powerful words from Dr. King:
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
Together, we will keep our nation moving forward, and maintain our unwavering commitment to create a better tomorrow for all of our children and families.