Be an advocate: 5 ways to elevate your voice for Early Ed

1. Stay Connected. Stay Informed. Be an advocate!

Sign up for the AzAEYC e-Letter and SAZAEYC Listserv.

Follow AzAEYC, SAZAEYC, and our partners on social media for the latest news, research, and ways to become involved.  Be an advocate by checking social media sites. AzAEYC: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SAZAEYC: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Participate in our advocacy webinars and professional development. Check the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry for more information.

2. Contact your Elected Officials.

Be an advocate! Find tips on how to connect with your legislative representatives and ideas for what to say by watching the AzAEYC webinar “Elevate Your Voice: Advocating for Early Childhood Education” at azregistry.org.

Become a part of the America for Early Ed movement, a nonpartisan campaign dedicated to building advocacy skills among early childhood educators and allies and amplifying early learning messages with local and federal candidates.

Not sure who represents you in Congress, your state legislature, or at the local level? Click the button below to use an easy search tool to find your elected officials.

3. Elevate your Voice. 

Your story and experience matters! Tell 3 other people your story and why investing in quality early childhood education is important to you.

Become an NAEYC member, and be a part of the premier membership association for early learning professionals with more than 50 Affiliates and 60,000 members across the world.

Find sample talking points and state/national data on child care here from Child Care Aware of America.

Check for NAEYC updates on actions and advocacy opportunities national early childhood advocacy initiatives. Be an advocate!

4. Advance Equity and Racial and Social Justice.

All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society.

And that means that ALL early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. The NAEYC Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Position Statement is a valuable tool to guide your advocacy efforts.

5. Host your own NO SMALL MATTER Screening.

The NO SMALL MATTER film is available in a variety of versions and clip lengths for screening virtually and in-person. Contact Dr. Eric Bucher at ebucher@azaeyc.org (Central, Northern, Eastern and Western Arizona) or Kelly Larkin at executivedirector@azaeyc.org (Southern and Southeastern Arizona) for additional details or to request to partner with us.