Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative
December 5, 2018

The Karabelle Pizzigati Training Institute, which promotes advocacy for children, youth, and families, was held this past September by Dr. Adele Robinson. At the institute, nationally recognized policy advocates will help participants navigate the federal policy-making and funding process and link that process to advocacy opportunities at the federal, state and local levels; create and deliver effective messages for policymakers and the public; connect to broader networks of advocates; and enhance one’s capacity to work with allied groups on policy change agendas. Participants in the institute include individuals working in social service agencies, health facilities, and early childhood programs; individuals from human services groups working in the pursuit of social justice; and individuals who are actively engaged in policy advocacy as volunteers.

The institute took place from September 23-25, 2018 at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center. The agenda included working across governmental levels and across children’s issues, federal spending, federal policies key to thriving children and families, meeting with legislators, leadership activities, and additional discussions on approaches to advocate for child, youth, and families. Key presenters included Deborah Stein, Network Director, Partnership for America’s Children; Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition for Human Needs; Elizabeth DiLauro, Senior Director of Advocacy, Zero To Three; and Lucreda Cobbs, Senior Director of Policy, Catholic Charities USA.

Dr. Robinson’s work will continue the advancement of advocacy for children, youth, and families through the equipment of essential skills to future leaders within the field.

Adele Robinson is a nationally recognized leader in comprehensive education policy from early childhood through higher education. For more than twenty-five years, she has advocated at the federal and state levels to reduce family poverty and promote educational opportunity for low-income children. Robinson’s experience includes work in the U.S. Senate, national organizations, and most recently, as an expert consultant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was a key advocate on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Head Start Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge grant. She also authored the bipartisan Continuum of Learning Act to promote developmentally appropriate teaching and learning for children from birth through age eight. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she served as a temporary expert consultant in the drafting of the 2016 regulations for the Child Care and Development Fund and authored the agency’s Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways.

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