ERIC Number: ED299057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Developing Materials and Support for Early Childhood Educators To Increase Abilities To Become Effective Advocates.
Robinson, Barbara J.
Because early childhood educators were minimally knowledgeable about and uninvolved in state legislative activities affecting their profession, an experienced child advocate developed a practicum to increase practitioners' knowledge and involvement. To attain practicum objectives, an advocacy handbook was developed and an advocacy project support group was organized. Consisting of over 100 pages, the handbook included introductory material about the advocacy pilot project, a sample director's letter to parents, a calendar of events, a sample introductory letter to legislators and correct forms of address, a sample letter to legislator from parents, a sample letter concerning the Act for Better Child Care (the ABC Bill), information about the ABC Bill, a directory of state legislators, a congressional directory, a summary of children's legislation, public policy alerts, a description of how a bill becomes a law, glossaries of legislative and congressional terms, the bicentenial edition of the Constitution of the United States, and guidelines on lobbying legislators and getting favorable legislation passed. By the end of the tenth month of the project implementation plan, over 5,000 commitments were made to participate in the advocacy project by staff, parents, college students, and children. Appended are sample surveys, handbook table of contents, dissemination tracking and commitment forms, and an events calendar summary. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.