Sharing Early Learning Stories: Prompting Questions

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 and in Washington state.


What to Tell Your Stakeholders

We are looking for a 30- to 60-second piece for video, or a short statement. Below are some questions you could use as prompts. You needn’t be prepared to answer all of these questions. Your best bet is to speak from the heart and share a story from your own experience.

General prompts
  • How do high quality early learning programs benefit your community?
  • Why are high quality early learning programs a smart investment?
  • How are early learning programs in your region working to reach a high level of quality?
  • What would a loss of funding for high quality early learning mean for your region?
  • Give a specific example of a child or a family who has benefited from high quality early learning.
  • What have high quality early learning opportunities meant for your region as a whole?
  • How does high quality early learning create opportunities for families of color and those furthest from opportunity?


Early Achievers prompts
  • How did Early Achievers change your approach as a provider? How did it change your approach to engaging with families?
  • How has Early Achievers increased the level of quality in your program?
  • What would it mean for your program to lose the support that comes with Early Achievers?
  • Give a specific example of a child or a family who has benefited from Early Achievers.
  • How has Early Achievers benefited the larger community?