Be an Advocate for Children
"Legislators and other elected officials look to their constituents for support and direction. You are the very individuals who placed them in elected office and you are the ones who will either return them to office or vote to elect their opponents. Simply stated-your voice matters!" (from VOICES for Alabama's Children Advocacy Toolkit)
Tips for Being an Effective Advocate
- Choose the method that works best for you and your message: personal visit, phone call, mail, or e-mail
- Present a message that is personal, thoughtful and accurate
- Tell the truth
- Make it clear what your priorities on the issue are
- Send a thank you note to the staff and member soon after a meeting
- Allow at least three weeks to receive a response to your effort
Status of Child Care Report
For the past decade Childcare Resources has published the research-based Status of Child Care Report. This report outlines child care trends that affect thousands of families in central Alabama.
Agencies for Advocacy
VOICES for Alabama's Children is a non-profit, non-partisan, statewide, multi-issue child advocacy organization seeking to ensure the well being of Alabama's children through research, public awareness and advocacy. Through funding from The Annie E. Casey Foundation VOICES for Alabama's Children produces the Kids Count Databook which reports credible data about children and families in Alabama.
Contact Your Government Representatives to Support Children
State and federal policy affects the quality of care and education that children receive. Support children by contacting your government representative by phone, email, fax or traditional mail to tell them where you stand on important issues relating to children. Remember, they represent you and are eager to know what you think.
- Alabama Governor's Office
- Alabama State House Representatives
- Alabama State Senators
- Alabama's United States Senators
- Alabama's United States Congressional Representatives
2015 KID'S COUNT Data Book
Alabama ranks 45th in the nation for child well-being.
KIDS COUNT®, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children in the United States. By providing high-quality data and trend analysis, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children — and to raise the visibility of children's issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens. The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. (The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT website)
The National Movement for America's Children
The National Movement for America's Children is a fast-growing grassroots movement of organizations, businesses, leaders and people who believe that the well-being and healthy development of our children is critical to our success as a nation. The major objective of the Movement for America's Children is to awaken a true social justice movement for children and deliver a holistic national strategy to prevent child abuse and neglect from ever occurring and ensure the healthy development of each and every child. Visit Movement for Children to sign the pledge.
Child Care Aware of America
Child Care Aware of America is our nation's leading voice for child care. Its Legislative Action Center publishes updates on important issues and how parents can speak out. Join the Action Network to receive important updates regarding policies that affect children and families.