Reaching out to your Legislators – Sample Text

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, figure out who your legislators are (if you already know who they are, skip this step!).

Then, get their contact info here for senators and here for representatives. If you’re emailing them, you’ll see a link that says “email” which will take you to a form. You can also email them directly by using the convention firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov.

Now you’re ready to make contact! Below you’ll find sample language. It is always better to personalize the information, and to explain why YOU care about early learning. Use the language below as a guide, but make sure to insert details that speak to your perspective on the importance of early learning as a parent, early learning professional, business person, etc.

To further personalize your correspondence, check out our early learning messages ideas (link to messaging page) and our early learning fact sheet (link to fact sheet).

Email/Letter:

Dear Representative/Senator XYZ,

I urge you to support policies that prioritize our youngest learners. The first years of a child’s life are incredibly important – about 85 percent of the human brain develops in the first three years. Early learning is one of the smartest investments we can make to ensure the success of our children and our state.

[Share an anecdote about why early learning is important to you and/or your local community].

We know that investing in early learning will save us money down the road – as they say, pay now or pay later. Please support our youngest citizens and the future of our state by investing in early learning.

Thanks,

Phone Call:

I am a constituent of Representative/Senator XYZ calling from city/town. I want to urge the Representative/Senator to support early learning. I care about early learning because [insert something about the importance of early learning from your perspective].

Here’s an example of the kind of thing you could say: I am a working parent and want to be sure my child has access to high quality care so they will be ready to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. I have struggled to find high quality, affordable programs in my community, and I want to make sure that every child and every family has access to the supports they need to be successful.

Please tell Representative/Senator XYZ to support early learning. It’s one of the smartest investments we can make in our children, families, and in our state as a whole, and we need his/her support to make to make it happen. Thank you!

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