Delandric “Dee” Webb is a parent, family advocate, and life coach from Cape Girardeau, MO. Dee has found a passion for advocacy in the early care and education space through his own experiences as a father, and has used that passion to inspire more parents and families, specifically fathers and male caregivers, to become actively involved in advocating for better ECE policies and services in our state. Check out Dee’s story!
How did you become an advocate for early childhood education?
I am a parent and I have children that are going through early childhood education. We haven’t always had the best experience.
Why do you think it’s important to be an advocate as a parent?
Because, if we don’t advocate for our children who will?
Why should Missouri invest more in child care and early education?
Because our children are the future of not just this country, but the world. They are the future presidents, teachers, doctors, and business leaders. If we do not invest more in these areas we are doing the children a disservice.
In one sentence, what does the ideal child care and early education system look like for Missouri families?
The ideal system to me is for all children that need child care to have it and for there to be enough early child education spaces for all children.
What is one thing you’ve learned about advocacy that you’d like to share with others?
That we need to speak up. Our voices matter.
Any additional comments?
I appreciate the opportunity that I am being given.