ORGANIZE & ADVOCATE
Host events or reach out to policy makers in your community.
Write a Letter
Write a letter to the editor or op-ed in support of increased state funding for early childhood development programs, relaxing income eligibility requirements, increasing child care subsidies, or efforts to ensure quality and measure improvement in early childhood programs.
Contact Your Elected Officials
Contact your elected officials to ask them to support investment in early childhood development and education programs. Find out who to contact through the Missouri House of Representatives or Missouri Senators. Schedule a meeting, give them a call, write them a letter, or send them an email. Your state legislators are there to represent you, and the only way they know what is important to you is for you to communicate with them! Let them know your thoughts on what can be done to improve early childhood programs in our region. Encourage others to do the same.
Host a Community Forum
Host a community forum, discussion, or round table on the topic. Reach out to your networks, such as your school board or PTO, civic or service organizations, or religious groups. Invite a speaker or panel familiar with the subject, or enlist the help of a moderator to guide the discussion.