ERIC Number: ED426803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Working with State and Local Elected Officials: A Guide for Early Care and Education Advocates.
Blank, Helen; Poersch, Nicole Oxendine
This report focuses on working effectively with elected officials and policy makers, and may be used as a guide for self-assessment and as a training tool. Following an introduction outlining the importance of working effectively with state and local policy makers and reviewing state laws concerning lobbying, the guide is divided into 15 sections detailing effective advocacy activities: (1) "infuse your work with a long-term vision for children"; (2) "organize your network"; (3) develop a legislative agenda:; (4) "do your homework"; (5) "build good relationships with your elected officials"; (6) communicate effectively with legislators and staff; (7) "personalize your issue"; (8) "actively pursue your agenda"; (9) "use your network"; (10) "use your legislators resource"; (11) learn to compromise and negotiate; (12) "express your appreciation and take opportunities to give credit to your legislator"; (13) work with candidates before they get elected; (14) do not forget the executive's office; and (15) work with agency administrators. Two appendices include sample fact sheets and other advocacy materials. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Local Government, Public Officials, State Government, State Officials
Children's Defense Fund, 25 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; Tel: 202-628-8787; www: www.childrensdefense.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Travelers Companies Foundation, Hartford, CT.
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.