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Who is this fellowship for?
The WA Early Childhood Fellowship Program is focused on increasing the representation and power of people of color, particularly people from Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Pacific Islander communities in early childhood policy spaces. We recognize that within communities of color there are differing levels of privilege. We seek to prioritize fellows from communities most impacted by systemic oppression who lack sufficient representation in policy decision-making in Washington state.
How do you define "Early Childhood?"
We have a broad definition of early childhood that encompasses family well-being, social/emotional health, cognitive development, physical health, mental health, attachment, child care, education, and enrichment for all children pre-natal to age five.
What does "mid-career" mean?
At this stage, we are tentatively defining "mid-career" as individuals for whom at least two of the following statements are true:
Five or more years of professional experience in early childhood work, policy work, healthcare, social services, community organizing, or a related field.
Direct experience in a leadership role with a coalition or advocacy organization.
At least one year of experience managing a program, project, or team (including your own center or business).
Hold a bachelor's or master's degree in education, early childhood, public policy, social work, public health, or a related degree.