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Learning from Child Care NEXT: Changing Systems and Building Collective Power in Partnership with Organizers

Community organizers play an essential role in building a powerful, diverse, and durable constituency for early childhood issues. However, traditional policy advocates don’t always have a strong understanding of what organizing is or how to authentically partner with organizers to create transformational systems change. 

Join organizing leaders from Child Care NEXT states Colorado, Oregon, New York, and Virginia to learn more about what organizing is and what you can do to partner with organizers in ways that build collective power and effect lasting change.

Session Resources: 

Policy Wins Aren’t Enough; We Need Advocacy that Builds Power: This report, and the evaluation that informed it, examines what it takes for advocacy to build power in addition to achieving wins. 

The Three Faces of Power: Power is multi-dimensional. Teasing out the different expressions of power is useful for analytic purposes, and for shaping organizing strategies that will transform current power relations. As we examine these faces of power, we also want to avoid treating them as separate categories. We want to emphasize that they are dynamic and interrelated; separable but not separate. 

Why Am I Always Being Researched? A guidebook for community organizations, researchers, and funders to help us get from insufficient understanding to more authentic truth.

And the session playlist!