In the past week, our country has learned devastating details about the living conditions of young children being held in custody by our government at the U.S. border. From the onset, NAEYC has stood with our partners in early childhood education and beyond in opposition to the separation of children from their parents. We have relied on decades of research and our code of ethical conduct to respond to this issue-recognizing our collective ethical responsibility to fight against and work to change policies that are "emotionally damaging, physically harmful, disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitative, or intimidating to children."
In light of the details about the trauma being inflicted on babies and young children as they are denied even the most basic of necessities, we are building upon our previous statements to restate our opposition to policies harming children and families. We reaffirm our commitment to all children, and to helping them thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. This commitment is why, this past Monday, we endorsed the HELP Separated Children Act and Help Separated Families Act, which was introduced by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard to codify protections for children and help keep immigrant families together.
We recognize the power of our individual and collective voices and ask that you join us as early childhood educators and allies speaking out in support of children and families. Call your members of Congress and ask them to support the HELP Separated Children Act and Help Separated Families Act to:
Regardless of where you stand on issues of immigration, we implore you to set politics aside. Early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance the well-being of children, and we must act on that obligation today and always. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to standing up for children and families in your communities, and beyond.
I appreciate NAEYC's Statement on #FamiliesBelongTogether. It is professionally written, but for me personally, it does not contain the sense of outrage that is so needed to bring attention to these unbelievable and horrific actions against children and their families.