Provider Spotlight —Nicci is the Public Policy Chair for the Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children and a Provider Fellow!

Nicci Rexroat owns and operates four Early Care and Education facilities in Callaway and Cole counties. She is passionate about advocating for all children and the ECE workforce. She currently serves as Public Policy Chair for the Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children (Missouri’s NAEYC affiliate), and as a Provider Fellow with Kids Win Missouri. Learn more about Nicci below!

 How did you become an advocate for early childhood education? 

I had an interest in advocacy/legislation prior to COVID. When COVID hit, advocacy became a way for me to get involved and learn more about the policies and legislation that affects every aspect of my business.

Why do you think it’s important to be an advocate as a provider?

I believe that there is a real lack of education around the subject of ECE. Advocating for the field, its staff, and families involves educating those who are in positions to enact change. I want to be sure they are properly educated when they make decisions that impact the future of this industry.

Why should Missouri invest more in child care and early education?

Birth through age five are the most formative years of a person’s life. Statistics show that involvement in quality ECE drastically impacts future rates of crime, poverty, graduation rates, etc. Investment in ECE is an investment in the future of each child and each community.

In one sentence, what does the ideal child care and early education system look like for Missouri families?

Quality, affordable care for all families and children, as well as pay parity and investments in the workforce.

What is one thing you’ve learned about advocacy that you’d like to share with others?

When you advocate for yourself, your clients, and your business – you are the expert. Advocacy is about educating others who need to know your story, your perspective, and your ideas to move forward.

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