How to Advocate

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

Are you passionate about issues around young children? We are too. Advocacy is one of the three focus areas of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington. But sometimes it is hard to know what to do, how to help, and if it will make a difference.

On January 17, 2018, the ECCS hosted a free legislative advocacy training session which was taught by Merrill Gay, Executive Director, and Samantha Dynowski, Director of Advocacy and Outreach, at the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.

Here is their PowerPoint presentation. Advocacy Workshop for ECCS

We learned about:

The examples they used related to children’s issues such as healthcare and the Care4Kids program but the material will be helpful to anyone interested in advocacy.

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance hosts an annual Early Childhood Advocacy Day at the State Capital.  It will be held on March 25th, 2020 and the ECCS will be attending.  Contact us if you would like to join us in Hartford.

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