The Alliance for Early Success introduces their Emerging Policy Professionals of Color Network

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: August 5, 2022

On July 28, the Alliance for Early Success announced the members of the first cohort of the Early Childhood Emerging Policy Professionals of Color (EPPOC) network. This cohort represents national and state advocacy organizations from across the country, and this group will be responsible for co-designing EPPOC together. The 10 leaders included in this first cohort will also receive professional development and access to mentorship to support their work across the Birth to Eight Policy Framework. Our Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, Melissa Mares, is a member of this first cohort!

The Children’s Campaign is excited to follow this essential program and its investment in a diverse array of early childhood leaders and advocates from across the country – and we are thrilled to celebrate Melissa’s election to this inaugural cohort. EPPOC will bring together a racially diverse group of next generation leaders who are impacting their communities nationwide, and it will work to change the face of the early childhood policy and advocacy field. It will be a place for cross-sector collaboration, peer networking, professional development, and authentic discussion of topics and issues co-created and co-facilitated by its own members.

Learn more about the inaugural class of EPPOC.

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