Take Action!

Public policy is influenced daily by people like you. Here are a few ways you can take action to advocate for early childhood care and the early childhood profession!

 

Dear Friend,
 
Congress needs to #SaveChildCare—and they need to hear from you! So while we know you’re heroically juggling multiple jobs at home and in your early childhood education programs, we urge you to take just one minute to remind your Senators and Representatives that they need to do their jobs, too.
 
The urgent child care crisis that parents and providers are facing hasn’t gone away, and it isn’t going to vanish on its own. In fact, it’s going to get worse. With enrollment declining and costs surging, more programs will have to close their doors for good if the help they need doesn’t come.
 
Our nation’s families, children, educators, child care programs, and businesses need $50 billion in substantial, targeted relief funds to stabilize child care, and they need it now.
 
We are powerful when we act together; we’ve seen the difference your voices make. Because of your stories, shared with members of Congress and the public through news articles, op-eds, social media, and virtual meetings, child care is at the top of the list of bipartisan priorities for voters and policymakers. This summer, for example, a bipartisan group of Representatives passed the Child Care is Essential Act, which provided $50 billion in needed stabilization funds for child care.
 
Yet until there is a deal for a relief package that includes necessary funds for child care, our work is not done.
 
We must keep reaching out! So take action today - and take care of yourselves and each other too.
 
With gratitude for all you do,
 
NAEYC Policy & Advocacy Team
 
 

Find your Legislator: The first step in getting involved is being knowledgeable about who represents you. Use this site to find your state senators and representatives.

Contact your elected officials: Calling or sending an email is a great way to get in touch with your elected officials. This is an easy way to express your thoughts and concerns regarding various issues at the state and federal level. Be sure to address the problem, and outline possible solution

Click HERE to build your advocacy skills!

Be Voter Ready! Candidates often take a stance on issues in early childhood, and voting for those candidates will help early childhood issues be addressed.

Track bills with the Early Care and Education Bill Tracking Database.

Learn about the Iowa Legislative Process.

Sign Up for Action Alerts: NAEYC sends out email alerts about public policy and advocacy opportunities. 

Join Iowa AEYC: Being a part of Iowa AEYC means you support and advocate for the early childhood profession along with the organization. You will also have access to information about public policy and advocacy events specifically in Iowa.