The Power of Advocacy
The time to be an advocate for the early childhood workforce is now. Policymakers at every level are talking about child care more than ever before, and it's up to all of us to seize that opportunity and transform our early education system and prioritize the needs of early educators. Policymakers need to hear from you!
Elected officials – including the Governor, State Legislators, and your Members of Congress – want to represent the best interests of their constituents who live in their counties and districts. But very few elected officials have a background in child care, and many don’t have real-life experiences that help them understand the issues facing the early childhood workforce. They need the input of those who possess both the expertise and experience in child care in order to make the best decisions with the greatest impact.
And advocacy efforts extend beyond interacting with policymakers! To amplify your message and build greater public support, you can help by educating the public about the important role that early educators play in supporting young children's healthy development, working families, and our state's economy. This education can be as simple as a conversation with family, friends, or colleagues, raising awareness on social media, or using local media and events in your community to highlight key issues.
You can do this, and together, we can make a difference! We hope this toolkit will support you in your advocacy efforts for the early childhood workforce. For additional tips and guidance, please click below to watch a recording of a Worthy Wages Advocacy Training session.
Sharing Your Story
"Higher wages would allow me take care of my own family. Because of the low wages associated with this field, I have no choice but to leave this occupation." - Krystle, child care teacher
"I cannot afford to live on the measly wages I am paid and have to rely on assistance and a second job to survive. I have a bachelor's degree and get paid less than most places of employment." - Katie, child care teacher
"We are brain architects, building the future of tomorrow, and our wages should reflect our value!" - Adrienne, child care teacher