Annie Watson: From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate

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Setting children up for academic success is Annie Watson’s driving passion.

The Kansas City, Missouri, native is the director of early education and parent success at Turn the Page KC, a non-profit that aims to have all children reading at grade level by third grade.

Watson, 31, also helps lead the Parent Leadership Training Institute, which helps train parents for advocacy, and assisted in organizing Mayor Sly James’ series of conversations about race and equity. Watson is an advocate for high-quality early education and was one of the architects of putting a sales tax on the ballot in Kansas City to finance it. The measure failed in April’s municipal primary. Check out the full story.

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR


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