ERIC Number: ED301349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Speaking Out: Early Childhood Advocacy.
Goffin, Stacie G.; Lombardi, Joan
This book, which is addressed to early childhood educators, offers a call to action that focuses on the whys and hows of advocacy, and provides strategies for selecting issues, building support, and joining with other advocates. Chapter 1 discusses the need for early childhood advocates, contributions advocates can make to the decision-making process, targets for advocacy, means of understanding how public policies make a difference, and development of an advocacy style. Chapter 2 concerns selecting a problem, gathering facts, focusing a response, and preparing for action. Building support, the topic of chapter 3, is discussed in terms of encouraging parents to speak out, informing public officials, responding to legislation, influencing administrative decisions, testifying at hearings, becoming involved in political campaigns, talking with employers, and contacting the media. In chapter 4, discussion centers on joining with others to reach goals, a topic that is explored in terms of collaboration with other groups, means of working effectively with others, and ways to reach out to the community. Chapter 5 covers the process of increasing the number of advocates and building power. Numerous practical suggestions and profiles of advocates in action are provided throughout the text. Related materials, such as guidelines for developing legislation to create or expand programs for young children, are appended. (RH)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Citizen Participation, Early Childhood Education, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Individual Power, Leadership, Lobbying, Public Policy, Social Action
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1834 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-5786 (NAEYC Publication No. 270, $6.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.