Ashley Murphy, Teacher at White Birch Center in Henniker, participates in a Roundtable discussion hosted by The Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. Kristin Smith, Family Demographer from the Carsey School of Public Policy (l) and Patricia Martin, Candidate for Representative (r) listen as Ms. Murphy speaks about the needs NH families have for quality, affordable childcare.

White Birch Center teacher, Ashley Murphy, recently participated in a public roundtable discussion on the importance of quality, affordable child care for working families here in New Hampshire. Held in Antrim, NH on October 27, the panel presentation was hosted by the non-profit organization The Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. A variety of speakers participated and numerous local Representatives were also in attendance.

Ms. Murphy shared her expertise as a teacher, emphasizing the importance of quality early learning experiences for children during their most formative years of growth. “Brain development is at a critical point of growth for children from birth through five years of age. We have this window of opportunity, paired with a significant responsibility to children and families, to support this growth and development in the most positive and encompassing ways possible”, explained Murphy. As the parent of a preschooler, Ms. Murphy also spoke to the significant challenges parents and caregivers face regarding access to quality, affordable childcare.

Other panelists in the round table discussion group spoke on family demographics, early learning initiatives at the state level, family outreach & resources, and community action goals. The group was facilitated by Jackie Cowell, Executive Director of Early Learning NH, and was one of several The Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy is holding throughout the state. Further roundtable information can be found at www.familyfriendlyeconomy.org.