House Representative

Giddings, Helen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/31/2016

State Rep. Helen Giddings Tapped for Early Childhood Fellowship

National Conference of State Legislatures Convening Lawmakers to Solve Early Childhood Education Crisis

Austin- Today, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has invited Texas State Rep. Helen Giddings (Dallas) to serve as a Fellow in the upcoming Early Learning Fellows Program from May 18th through August 8th.

"During my years in the Texas House of Representatives, I have dedicated myself to serving the children of this state," Representative Giddings said. "I hope to bring back solutions from across the country to promote early learning, close the achievement gap, and end the school to prison pipeline once and for all."

This is the fifth year of the NCSL Early Learning Fellows Program, designed to support legislators and staff who are experienced leaders on early childhood and early learning issues. It is designed to bring together the best and brightest from across the country for a series of sessions to explore innovative, cost-effective, and high quality best practices to provide early childhood care in our states.

"Last year, the National Institute for Early Education Research released a study showing that Texas ranks dead last in the country in delivering quality pre-K," Giddings explained. "Despite incrementally increasing our investment in pre-K, the children of this state deserve more comprehensive solutions."

Leading up to the summit, Rep. Giddings has called on the Legislature to give community colleges authority to certify early childhood educators and to continue the fight for universal, statewide pre-K.

Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.

Contact: David Feigen