Advocate for

Tomorrow's Leaders

We all agree our children ‘ARE’ the future, so let’s all do our part to make sure they have a brighter tomorrow by using our time, talents and influences to make a difference.

No matter who you are, there are countless ways you can positively impact the children of Hillsborough County!

Your Help is Vital!

The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County works to promote, endorse, participate and coordinate advocacy activities with various community organizations. Regardless of our time or effort, it seems it’s never enough to fully impact the major issues concerning our youth. That’s why we need your help! Whether you’re a concerned parent or civic-minded business, we need everyone in Hillsborough County to join forces and become advocates on local, state and federal issues impacting children. If you’re not sure how you can help, here are a few ways:

Parents

Businesses

Includes Child Care in Community Infrastructure Plans.

When groups talk about housing and transportation, raise the issue of child care as part of the necessary support system of a vibrant community.

  • Invite child care representatives to meetings where infrastructure issues are discussed.
  • Invite child care representatives to be a presenter at conferences and events.

 

Use Your Influence.

Talk with state and local policymakers about the the important link between an adequate supply of stable, quality child care and economic growth.
Educate business leaders on the connection between worker productivity and good, stable child care. Spread the word on how good child care supports school readiness and help to cut costs in K-12 education.

  • Participate in community discussions about early childhood initiatives.
  • Write articles or letters to the editor about child care for the local news media or your company’s publications.
  • Support legislation that strengthens child care.

 

Be a Convener.

Use your leadership to convene a community coalition of business leaders and child care leaders to identify strategies that would increase the ability of child care programs to meet the community’s child care needs.

  • Participate on a planning committee for a statewide conference that would provide information to state business executives, economic developers, business association leaders, and policy makers.
  • Use your influence to persuade local CEO’s and policy makers to attend the conference.
  • Survey businesses to identify their child care concerns.
  • Provide business demographics to child care representatives.

 

Think Creatively.

Brain storm ways to establish a pool of funds that would support community child care strategies.

  • Promote the concept of family friendly work/life policies.
  • Identify ways to fund work on business and child care partnerships.

 

Source: http://www.ndchildcare.org/community/advocate.html

“Early childhood advocacy is about making changes in the lives of young children and their families and the status of those who work so hard to teach and care for them. It is about convictions and compassion, empowerment and energy, courage and consensus.”

– Goffin, S.G. and Lombardi, J., 1988