Presentation on theme: "Advocacy Day 2015 February 11th WHAT IS ADVOCACY? WHAT IS ADVOCACY DAY? WHAT CAN I EXPECT?"— Presentation transcript:
Advocacy Day 2015 February 11th WHAT IS ADVOCACY? WHAT IS ADVOCACY DAY? WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Advocacy is the act of educating in favor of something, such as your child, a cause, an idea, a policy, or a law. WHAT IS ADVOCACY?
There are different levels of parent advocacy 1.Participation: bring present and engaging in partnerships and relationships, 2.Using your voice: start to communicate your needs, desires, and dreams, 3.Formal advocacy: Use the first two levels of advocacy and take action, usually using an official or formal process. PARENT ADVOCACY
Outside of your child and family there are larger issues that impact your program, community and state. These are Policy and Legislative issues. Advocating at this level means educating decision makers and law makers in order to impact outcomes for issues you care about. USING YOUR VOICE
WHAT IS ADVOCACY DAY? WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Our Center and PSESD Early Learning participatesevery year and is a major partner with the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP who hosts this opportunity. Early Learning parents and staff from all over the state attend! WASHINGTON STATE EARLY LEARNING ADVOCACY DAY
Bus picks ups in: Southcenter Federal Way Lakewood Buses are not safe for kids If you are bringing children, you will need to drive yourself BUS TO RED LION HOTEL IN OLYMPIA
Dress for the weather WEAR RED! COULD BE A SUNNY OR A RAINY DAY…
ARRIVE AT THE RED LION HOTEL
Parent Leaders and Staff from PSESD Early Learning and sites like yours will be available to answer any questions Look for people wearing this button! PSESD STAFF
Group training with other ECEAP, Head Start and Early Head parents from programs across the state ADVOCACY TRAINING
You’ll sit at a table with other parents that live near you – in the same legislative district DISTRICT TABLES
There will be an area where you can make signs to hold up at the afternoon rally MAKING SIGNS FOR RALLY
There are reporters and news cameras to capture the action! Be sure to watch the news that night SOMETIMES…
Boxed lunches are provided During lunch, you’ll sit with your district to plan your time at the Capitol Campus LUNCH, MAKING A PLAN
If you rode a bus to Olympia, you’ll get back on the same bus to head to the Capitol If you drove yourself or carpooled to Olympia, you’ll do the same to the Capitol OFF TO THE CAPITOL
ARRIVE AT THE CAPITOL
Look for signs with district numbers on them The group should be the same people that were at your table during training FIND YOUR DISTRICT GROUP
A fellow parent and/or staff member will lead your group You’ll meet with 3 legislators or their aides to help them understand the importance of early learning MEETING WITH LEGISLATORS
Everyone will gather on the Capitol steps at the end of the day RALLY ON THE CAPITOL STEPS!
Parents and legislators will speak
RALLY ON THE CAPITOL STEPS!
If you rode a bus, you’ll get back on the same one to go back to where it picked you up If you drove or carpooled, you’ll go back to your car to drive home TIME TO HEAD HOME!
Interpreters will be available if you indicate the language needed on your registration form A child care subsidy is available to all parents You’ll fill out a form on the bus A mileage subsidy is available to parents who drive themselves There will be a packet on your district table when you arrive at the Red Lion with a form to fill out Don’t forget to WEAR RED! DETAILS
Visit http://earlylearningwa.org/index.php/for- families/advocacy for more information! WEBSITE
Parents help staff to: Brainstorm ideas Make appointments with legislators Spread the word at their center Lots more! Meeting Dates: To be determined ADVOCACY DAY PARENT TASKFORCE
Ask your Family Support staff member at your site, or Call or email: Lori Pittman firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-917-7759, 253-778-7759 email@example.com QUESTIONS?