Public Policy and Advocacy

How to use messages to affect change

You are passionate about children – but you’ve never lobbied a state legislator.
Nervous? take a moment to read the following How-To-Guide: Share your story with state representatives, the media and others.

Here’s an important thing to remember: You have what every elected officel needs -A VOTE! And you have knowledge and experience that will help legislators make informed decisions.

Whether you are a parent, an early childhood professional or a local business owner whose employees need high-quality child care, your state respresentative is elected by you, and wants to hear what you have to say.

Here are some practical communication strategies to maximize the impact of your lobbying efforts:

  • Letters- Draft a letter to the govenor or your state representative
  • Calls- Make calls or set up meetings with state representatives and their staff members
  • Invitations- Invite an elected official to tour or attend a special event at your child care or preschool facility and then alert the media to cover the event.
  • Media- Write a letter to a newspaper editor
  • Newsletters- Draft an article for your organization’s newsletter
Child Care Aware of America promotes national policies and partnerships to advance the development and learning for all children.

Legislative Materials & Advocacy Handbook
This is an A-B-C guide to telling your story to lawmakers, media and other concerned groups and individuals to improve the quality of early care and education in New York State.

NYS Child Care Public Policy & Advocacy Efforts
Join the Early Care & Learning Council in advocating for quality, affordable child care for all New York’s families. View policy and advocacy updates, public policy agendas, parent information, resources and government contacts.

Empire State Campaign Their mission is to achieve equitable access to quality child care for all children and working families in New York State.

Clasp A national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. We develop practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic opportunity, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. With 50 years’ experience at the federal, state, and local levels, we’re fighting back in today’s threatening political climate while advancing our vision for the future.


We Can Do Better
A report from NACCRRA

More than 11 million children younger than age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in some type of child care setting. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for these children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies.

We Can Do Better: 2011 Update is the third in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 10 program requirements and five oversight benchmarks for child care centers. NACCRRA’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed.
The average score in 2011 was 87 out of a possible 150 points (compared to 70 in 2007 and 83 in 2009). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, and four states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D. Half of the states (26 states) earned a failing grade. While we should be pleased with the improvement among the states since 2007, an 87 equates to a score of 58 percent, a failing grade in any classroom in America.