As Plato said: “Those who tell stories rule society.” Mary Lariviere and her agency Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) believe this quote could not be more accurate! NECC sent a team of ten individuals with two being parents from their program to talk to Nebraska Representatives on The Hill. The group attended the NHSA Winter Leadership Conference held January 23-26.
The team met with staff from Senator Fisher’s and Congressman Smith’s offices. They spoke directly with Congressman Bacon. Both parents “did an amazing job telling their story to all who would listen” according to Mary. The team advocated for Head Start and shared how a reduction or even keeping the same budget for next year would be detrimental to Head Start and the families the program serves. They advocated for increased funding and visited about the current needs in Nebraska; staff shortages, closing of classrooms, and the impact of COVID.
NeHSA appreciates the NECC team for representing!