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1 Advocacy Day 2015 February 11th WHAT IS ADVOCACY? WHAT IS ADVOCACY DAY? WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

2  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?

3  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

4  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

5 WHAT IS ADVOCACY DAY? WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

6  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

7  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

8  Dress for the weather  WEAR RED! COULD BE A SUNNY OR A RAINY DAY…

9 ARRIVE AT THE RED LION HOTEL

10  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

11  Group training with other ECEAP, Head Start and Early Head parents from programs across the state ADVOCACY TRAINING

12  You’ll sit at a table with other parents that live near you – in the same legislative district DISTRICT TABLES

13  There will be an area where you can make signs to hold up at the afternoon rally MAKING SIGNS FOR RALLY

14  There are reporters and news cameras to capture the action!  Be sure to watch the news that night SOMETIMES…

15  Boxed lunches are provided  During lunch, you’ll sit with your district to plan your time at the Capitol Campus LUNCH, MAKING A PLAN

16  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

17 ARRIVE AT THE CAPITOL

18  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

19 DISTRICT TEAMS

20  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

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23  Everyone will gather on the Capitol steps at the end of the day RALLY ON THE CAPITOL STEPS!

24  Parents and legislators will speak

25 RALLY ON THE CAPITOL STEPS!

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29  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!

30  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

31 Visit families/advocacy for more information! WEBSITE

32  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

33  Ask your Family Support staff member at your site, or  Call or  Lori Pittman  , QUESTIONS?


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