Alliance for Kids has a new Education & Advocacy Committee and you are welcome to join. The committee serves to guide education of families and community on characteristics of quality early education and child care and the long term impact on children, families and the community. The committee also serves to communicate relevant legislation to the community and organize community advocacy around Council approved policies. Join the conversation – all are welcome to attend and may contact Deanna Stark for more details.

DStark@allianceforkids.org
719.291.8112

Education & Advocacy Committee
(2nd Thursday of each month – see calendar)
11 am – 12 pm
Pikes Peak United Way
518 Nevada Ave.
Meets immediately prior to the Learning & Development Committee.

The Alliance for Kids (Alliance or AFK) Council may openly and publicly support public policies and legislative issues which are consistent with the Alliance’s mission, vision and Strategic Plan.  The public policies or legislative issues must not conflict in any manner with the Alliance Bylaws or Strategic Plan, or the Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families (JI) Bylaws or the JI Legislative Advocacy and Public Policy Guide.

Endorsement of public policies or legislative issues by the Alliance Council will consist of a public statement of endorsement or support, or agreement with the specific public policy or legislative issue, and may go as far as to quantify how the policy or legislative issue is beneficial for the Alliance and the community.  Endorsement will not include any financial support or donations on behalf of the Council, the Alliance for Kids or Joint Initiatives. For the full procedure, click the document below.

Legislative Procedure Final (4-5-17)

Alliance for Kids wants to provide the community with the resources to be empowered to take advocacy action as an individual. The advocacy toolkit is an outline to help guide you in staying informed, getting involved, and equip you with the tools needed in your advocacy toolkit to make your voice heard.

Know your Congressman. A great tool is to know who your congressmen are and reach out to them to share how a policy or proposed legislation personally impacts you, your colleagues, or community. Below are the U.S. elected officials for Colorado and El Paso County families.

  • Senators:
    Michael Bennett   202.224.5852 Contact
    Cory Gardner        202.224.5941   Contact
  • Representatives:
    Doug Lamborn    719.520.0055 and 202.225.4422

Write/Call Your Congressman. It can be intimidating to contact your elected officials. You may wonder if your opinion matters or if your congressman cares what you think. You may also wonder where to start? Congressmen serve as the voice of their constituents… in other words, YOU! Writing a letters or making calls are a great way to show your opposition or support of policies. Here are some tips on how to get started:

  • -Open the letter or phone call with the appropriate salutation
  • -Get straight to the point. Clearly address the legislation that you either support or oppose
  • -Back up your concerns: use statistics and personal stories
  • Sample Letter Outline: https://www.nlacrc.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=272
  • Decide what the most appropriate form of communication is. Timing is a huge factor in this. If legislation is set to be voted on quickly you may want to call your congressman over emailing or sending a letter through the post.

Connect with local organizations. Alliance for kids Education and Advocacy Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 11-12pm. The Education and Advocacy Committee serves to guide education of families and community on characteristics of quality and its impact on children, families and the community. The committee serves to communicate relevant legislation to the community and organize community advocacy around Council approved policies. Join the conversation and attend our monthly meetings.

Stay Informed. We’ve provided links to additional organization websites to stay informed and current on legislation.

Additional Resources:

Raising of America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDuC9KrxJx4&t=78s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhht-fWNow8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXkiltbF0KI&t=76s

Quality Child Care:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4fuoT63Zao

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmkxytBeDs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34YPPBGjlgA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THekP2tRC5Q

 

 

Alliance for Kids will provide updates on supported legislation and/or policies as they are approved. If you would like to be a part of the discussion, please join us for the next AFK Council meeting on November 1st. Location and meeting times will be posted to our Calendar of Events page.