As part of the California Coalition for Early Learning (CCEL) (formerly California Coalition for Equity in Early Care and Education), Wu Yee and other ECE advocates traveled to the state capitol to tell the governor and elected officials that we need more funding for our children! This project is supported by a grant from The San Francisco Foundation.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED & SUPPORT ECE:
Ways to Advocate for Early Care and Education
● Communicate with elected officials and candidates. Share a brief personal story that relates to your issue and the legislation. FIND YOUR CALIFORNIA REPRESENTATIVE.
○ Snail mail letters and postcards
○ Phone calls
○ In-person visits and meetings (both in Sacramento and at home district offices)
● Invite legislators and staff to visit your ECE program so they can see the real-life joys and challenges of early childhood.
● Gather stories, crafts, artwork, etc from your children and families to send to legislators.
● Give public comment or testimony at legislative hearings and townhall meetings.
● Sign petitions and help collect signatures to advance quality early childhood.
● Use the media to draw attention to early childhood issues.
○ Write letters to the editor.
○ Contact local newspapers, radio, and TV with early childhood news.
○ Write an op-ed about the importance of early childhood.
○ Send out press releases.
○ Meet with local editorial staff.
● Organize or attend a rally/march for early childhood.
○ Create signs.
○ Write chants and songs.
○ Share photos.
● Collect data about your work to be included in research and policy papers.
● Tell your story. Invite others (family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc) to learn more about early childhood, and to advocate with you.
○ Informal conversations
○ Social media sharing (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
○ Online blogging
○ Emails and online messages
○ Phone calls
○ Going door-to-door
○ Hosting a get-together