Update #2 ·

August Recess Action Alert for Early Care & Education

The call for expanded and improved early childhood resources (http://ow.ly/nZsKQ) continues in the national conversation (http://ow.ly/nZsWc) and child advocates like you have done a great job (http://ow.ly/nZtbY) keeping it at the forefront. Will you take action to make sure early childhood remains a priority issue?

Currently, your Members of Congress are home for summer recess. This is a great opportunity to connect about issues that are important to you. Make the most of it by keeping up the drum beat for early childhood education.

It’s easy to get your legislator’s attention with this helpful tool kit (http://ow.ly/nZtoF). Pick from a host of ideas to spread awareness and grow the movement for early learning. The tool kit includes guidance on setting up a district meeting with your Member of Congress. You’ll also find examples of successful press events and legislator visits to child care centers. It includes information on engaging other key stakeholders like local policymakers and military officials. There's also great information for advocating online through Facebook, Twitter, blogs and email. Want to be sure you have your facts straight before reaching out? The tool kit has you covered there too with talking points, sample op-eds and letters to the editor, and a comprehensive list of resources.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Inspired by this popular children’s book, another important way to take action is by telling your story. ( http://ow.ly/nZtCh ) Just a few sentences about how early childhood education impacted you, your family, or your students will be a very helpful addition to the collection. When Congress returns to D.C., the Strong Start for Children Campaign (http://ow.ly/nZtSs) hopes to overwhelm them with accounts of high quality early learning in action.

Together, we can fulfill our responsibility for assuring the safety and well-being of children and youth by creating, expanding and improving early childhood education opportunities. Take action today!

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