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!


A big THANK YOU to everyone who voted in this year’s Primary Election. Election results can be found on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

Don’t forget to vote at General Election on November 6!!!
 

 

Find your Legislator: The first step in getting involved is being knowledgable 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

Sample Phone Script

• Hello, I am (your name), a constituent in Representative/Senator _____’s district.

• I am calling to speak with Representative/Senator ____ about early childhood education in our community.

• I ask that you support (bill name) to increase funding for high-quality early childhood education.

• Beginning at birth, the earliest years are the most important to a child's development. Research shows that high-quality early childhood education is among the smartest public investments we can make.

• Quality early childhood education provides the best and most cost-effective way to give at-risk children the chance to succeed in school and become more productive adults.

Sample Letter/E-mail

Dear Representative/Senator _____,

I am writing to you about the importance of early childhood education in our community. As a constituent in your district, I ask that you support (bill name) to increase funding for high-quality early childhood education in our community.

Research tells us that children who participate in high quality early education programs have better language, math, and social skills than their peers who missed this opportunity. They are also more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to become involved in crime, and more likely to become positive, productive citizens as adults.

Beginning at birth, the earliest years are the most important to a child's development. Economists, business leaders, and researchers agree that high-quality early childhood education is among the smartest public investments we can make. Quality early childhood education provides the best and most cost effective way to give at-risk children the chance to succeed in school and become more productive adults.

Thank you for your hard work.

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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. 

**Recent Political Serveys** 

Bipartisan Policy Center: Building Support for Early Childhood Exellence

Save the Children Action Network: Iowa Polling Results