Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As I write to you today, we have experienced a week of sadness, frustration, and despair. For our African American team members and partners, these feelings are amplified. Simply put, George Floyd, an African American man, was killed by someone representing local government. We’ve seen this too many times, and this killing erodes our confidence in the institutions that are supposed to protect us. Please know that we stand in solidarity with the African American community to end this injustice.
We at Child360, and all of you within the early learning space, have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the current crises. The future police force is currently in preschool today. The next generation of legislators and leaders are learning how to share toys and express their feelings. The doctor who will treat future infectious diseases is dressing up in dramatic play. The only long-term solution to the age-old question of how we build a better society is to start with the youngest members of society and give them everything they need to thrive. This is what we collectively do in early care and education, and while our current reality feels bleak, our most important work lies ahead.
We may not see the fruits of our labor today, tomorrow, or even next year, but we are making a difference. Reform and change involve many partners and many solutions, and our role in early learning occupies a very important one. We must continue to work together to use our resources, expertise and caring nature to provide for our littlest learners, while also building up the educators who lay the foundation for real change. If we continue to invest in our workforce, providing them with the training and support they need, we will make a difference, and we will make a brighter future for our children. A future characterized by hope, justice, and opportunity.
Thank you for all you do for children, families and communities. I know I am enormously grateful to you and the work you do. I hope to see you all again soon in better times, but until then, take care, be safe and support each other.
With Utmost Gratitude,
William Sperling, CEO