One of Promise the Children’s main advocacy goals is to encourage our visitors and supporters to stay in contact with their elected officials. We should have ongoing questions about issues and comments about legislation that benefit young children. It is critical that we, the voters, tell our elected officials and candidates for public office that we want all children to have a strong start in life. This means from birth all children need good nutrition, health care and appropriate early education. Promise the Children will inform you about legislation that supports our nation’s Pre-schoolers. We will give you timely information on how to take action so as to advocate for a strong start in life.
How can you advocate for preschoolers? Every Child Matters has provided helpful tips on how to effectively communicate your elected officials. Here is a short summary for our visitors.
First, find the names and contact information for your elected officials. The contact information includes phone numbers, addresses, emails, and Facebook and Twitter information.
You can email the members of Congress who represent you, in most cases directly from their websites, or from the House or Senate websites. Make sure to state a problem, give information about solutions, and propose a call to action. The same applies to a written letter. For both, make sure to request a reply and include your contact information. Promise the Children will give you sample letters for specific action alerts.
You may also be able to sign a petition that will be delivered to your elected officials. Promise the Children will let you know if there is an appropriate petition posted on the internet.
Social media is another great way to contact elected officials. Most, but not all, use Facebook and Twitter to connect with their constituents. Often, you can find links to their social media pages on their websites. Keep your questions short, but specific. Here is an example of a Tweet to post with our hash tag and Twitter account at the end: What are candidates proposing to make early education affordable for every working parent? #WeR4Prek @PromisetheChild
Telephoning your members of Congress is a more personal way to get your message across. It can be intimidating, but if you have a clear purpose, write down what you want to say, practice it, and include a related personal story. Then you are likely to succeed.You can find the phone number on your elected officials’s web site or call the White House switchboard at 202-225–3121.
Finally, you might attend a public event where you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of Congress. Bring a list of questions and go with a group of people who have similar questions. That way if you don’t get to ask about your issue, a member of your group might.
If you don’t get a direct answer using any of these methods, don’t be discouraged! The more people ask about an issue, the more likely a politician is to address it. Keep at it, and encourage others to do the same. And exercise your right to vote!
Most important of all, sign up for our Action Alerts at the bottom of this page, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Promise the Children will keep you posted about opportunities for you to make an impact with your advocacy on specific issues related to the right start for Preschoolers.