The Early Learning Action Alliance gave me a “Golden Crayon” award for my efforts last session to pass the “Early Start” bill. The bill had a lot of moving parts, but the main idea was to focus on improving the quality of the childcare we have now so that we reap the benefits down the road in improved outcomes for at-risk youngsters.
Somewhere there are a lot of children who have boxes of crayons with no gold ones. This is the sad part of an otherwise lovely award. It came with a nice plaque too: