Join Our Maine State Team for the 2018 NAEYC Public Policy Forum!

Are you ready to be heard? It’s time to raise your voice and join the movement for high-quality early childhood education by registering to participate in NAEYC’s 2018 Public Policy Forum today!

We are proud to coordinate a group from Maine to bring our expertise and commitment to Washington, DC. Whether you’re an experienced advocate or a brand-new educator, we welcome all of your voices and hope you will join us from March 4 – 6, 2018 in our nation’s capital.


As a 2018 Public Policy Forum participant, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Be part of a powerful team working to advance federal and state early childhood policy
  • Hear from and network with national and state policy leaders and fellow advocates
  • Share your perspective and insight by engaging with Power to the Profession
  • Get the resources and experiences you need to sharpen your advocacy skills
  • Learn about new tools, strategies, and tactics to try in your own state and community
  • Build critical relationships on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their staff


The 2018 Public Policy Forum will begin on Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 pm with an Electoral Advocacy Bootcamp. On Monday, March 5, NAEYC will host expert policy briefings, guest speakers, and skill-building breakout sessions for all state team members, providing many opportunities for networking and learning. On Tuesday, March 6, you will have the opportunity to experience an exciting and energizing Hill Day, building important relationships with your Representatives, Senators, and their staff.


The fee to attend the 2018 Public Policy Forum is $25/person for Sunday’s Electoral Advocacy Bootcamp and $50/person for Monday and Tuesday.


As the Maine State Team Leader, Tara Williams is coordinating our state team. Please contact her directly at to receive an online registration link. The registration deadline is January 31, 2018.


The forum will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia – a new location that has allowed NAEYC to expand its capacity to accommodate more advocates! The room rates are:

  • Single/Double occupancy rooms at $209/night
  • Triple occupancy rooms at $229/night

The group rate is only available until January 31, 2018. Once you have registered for the Forum itself with Tara, she will send you a link to make your hotel reservations.

Please note: NAEYC does not provide funding for travel or lodging expenses.


Since this is a members-only event, we encourage you to recruit a diverse group of your friends, colleagues, and partners who work in all early childhood settings to become NAEYC/MaineAEYC members and join you in Washington, DC. Now is the perfect time!

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Tara directly or email NAEYC at Keep checking NAEYC’s website to find more information on transportation information, recommendations for D.C. visitors, highlights from the 2017 Public Policy Forum, and more!

Every day, you work to prepare our next generation of leaders, supporting children, families, educators and communities. We know exactly why an investment in early childhood education matters – and why early childhood educators are the key to success. And it is our job to make sure our candidates and elected officials know it too.

We look forward to working together as we head to Washington DC in March!


Tara and the MaineAEYC Board