Advocacy for Everyone
Legislators make their voting decisions on the perception of what is important to their constituents. This perception often depends on what they hear from, how often they are contacted, and how effective these contacts are. In order for programs and services for young children and their families to receive more funding it essential that parents, community leaders, and early childhood professionals contact their legislators regularly to communicate their thoughts, concerns, and needs. Legislators are generally very accessible – it is their job to listen to and represent their votes. (courtesy Pennsylvania AEYC).
Follow these six easy steps to be an effective early childhood advocate.
Simply put, advocacy is taking action. It can be a phone call, a note, or a visit to your program.
Advocacy is just one way, that you can make a difference in the lives of young children in your community!
- All Our Kin’s FCC Policy Cohort Overview
- Curated COVID-19 Resources for NAEYC’s Affiliate Network
- Advocacy 101 Webinar
- Advocacy for Everyone
- Details on the CARES Act as it relates to child care from FFYF
- Action Alerts
- Estimates from CLASP about how the $3.5 billion will be allocated to states- COVID19
- Advocacy Partners
- Government Websites
- Finding districts and elected officials
- Public Policy Agenda
- Helpful Information for Families
- Illinois Early Childhood Education Fact Sheet
- NAEYC Survey- Initial Effects of the Coronavirus on Child Care Programs
- NAEYC Ongoing Effect of Pandemic-State by State
- NAEYC’s Resource Page for Educators on Coping with COVID-19
- Illinois AEYC COVID-19 Survey Report
- State by State Child Care Crisis Coronavirus Survey Data
- From the Front Lines The Ongoing Effect of the Pandemic on Child Care
- Governor’s Early Childhood Funding Commission