Provider Spotlight: Betty Dudley Care for Her Community

After spending decades working in the public school system, Co. Pastor of Tabernacle of Grace Ministry Betty Dudley realized a need in her community and opened her Group Home child care,  McDudley Care LLC. Betty takes great pride in serving children and families in her community of Columbia, and talks about the care and support

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Parent Spotlight: Amy McDonald

Meet Amy McDonald, ECE advocate and foster mom champion! Her work in ECE is centered around support families and providing resources to unify families.

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Provider Spotlight: Kelly Raines, Founder of Birdsall House

Meet Kelly Raines, Provider Leader, Kansas City resident, and founder & owner of Birdsall House. Kelly started Birdsall House after 30 years in the ECE field with the goal of respecting families, children and caregivers. Birdsall House started as a family care center and has grown into a group home caring for 16 children. They are in the process of building a new

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Parent Spotlight: From Grandparent to Guardian, Niadu Shares Her Story of Advocacy

Niadu Allen is the legal guardian and champion of her four grandchildren. She serves as a leader in the healthcare field in St. Louis, and understands the importance of accessible, high quality child care. Read more below on her radiating story of resilience & advocacy!  Why did you become an advocate for early childhood education? After the

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Guest Blog: And the workforce solution is…BABIES?!

Linda Rallo, Vice President and Director of Policy, Aligned Last week, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry convened its annual Workforce 2030 conference. Ted Abernathy, the managing partner of Economic Leadership, addressed the packed room with a rather sobering outlook for Missouri’s labor market. He remarked that too few workers and record-low unemployment make

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Make a Plan and Go Vote for KIDS!

We are ONE WEEK away from Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, and if you haven’t already, it is time to make a plan to vote. Follow the prompts below to prepare yourself for the big day!

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Parent Spotlight: Courtney Leader is a Champion of Four!

Courtney Leader is a mother of four in Springfield, who has learned firsthand the importance of having safe and high quality child care for her children. Read more about her story below and why she’s a passionate advocate for early care and education! Why did you become an advocate for early childhood education? While waiting

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A Look Back – Family and Provider Leaders Take to the Capitol!

Last month on September 13 and 14, our Family Leadership Circle and Provider Leader Fellows met in Jefferson City to network, learn, and meet with their legislators. The Family Leadership Circle convenes 19 parents and caregivers, including foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers. Our 20 provider leaders are owners, directors and educators in child

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Parent Spotlight: Anissa-Parra Grooms does it all for Elvira!

Meet Anissa Parra-Grooms, Kansas City resident and loving mother of two and a half year old Elvira! She is a powerful advocate for ECE and tries to find any way she can use her story to advocate for her daughter and our children’s future. Read our Q&A with Anissa below. Why did you become an

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