Category: Advocacy Toolkit

  In order to convince policymakers of the importance of investing in early learning, we need to share our stories. Stories help make the case for investments in early learning and provide anecdotes that policy makers can look to when deciding how to vote or working to influence their colleagues.   Use the basic structure[…..]

Use the basic structure below to develop a one- to two-paragraph story, which can be sent to your legislators in the form of an email. We are planning a story blitz, when people across the state will have their stories shared with legislators at an appointed time. Submit your stories via this web form and[…..]

California Newsreel has produced an excellent series on early learning and the healthy development of our children. Raising of America is a 4-episode documentary series; the series offers a great opportunity to raise awareness in your local community about the importance of early learning and the need to invest in our youngest children and their[…..]

  Candidate forums provide an excellent opportunity to find out where elected officials and potential elected officials stand on early learning. Perhaps more important, forums offer a chance to hear a candidate’s position on the record. Advocates can then remind them of this position when it comes time to vote on key early learning legislation.[…..]

Site visits are a high-leverage way to build support for early learning and foster a relationship with policy makers, business leaders, funders, partners and more. Whether you bring them to a center-based preschool program, family childcare site, home visit, play and learn group, or some other early learning program, site visits provide an opportunity to[…..]

  Undertaking advocacy at any scale can be a big project, especially if your organization or agency doesn’t have dedicated staff support for it. That’s why the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, Spitfire Strategies and the First Five Years Fund created this advocacy toolkit.   It’s 56 pages of tipsheets, templates and one-pagers that you’re[…..]

  If you’re working with stakeholders on a video or other materials to advocate for early learning, consider using prompting questions that will direct them to share compelling stories. Let your stakeholders know that their testimony will be used as an advocacy tool to promote the value and importance of early learning in their community[…..]

  Now that high quality cameras are present on just about every smartphone, simple testimonial videos are relatively cheap and easy to make. These are the basics that will help you create a video to make the case for early learning.   Download a PDF version of this information   Don’t get too caught up[…..]

  Short, simple videos are a great way to bring a variety of early learning stories and voices from your local community to policy makers in Olympia. Hearing directly from constituents really brings these issues to life, and shows policy makers the depth of support for early learning.   Download a PDF version of this[…..]

Raising your voice for early learning can take only a matter of minutes! Even if you don’t have a specific ask, it’s easy to let your legislators know that you want them to invest in our youngest children. Using the sample text below, you can contact them by email, phone, or even snail mail. First,[…..]