Tips for Drafting an Impactful Email
- Personalize: Insert a personal story in the below script that explains why you want your member to support child care.
- Make It Memorable: Lawmakers and their staff receive hundreds of emails every day. Do what you can to make your email memorable.
- Call to Action: Make sure the member or staffer knows that they need to support child care.
- Follow Up: Feel free to follow up on your email if you don't receive a response.
Subject: America needs child care relief
Dear [NAME OF MEMBER OF CONGRESS],
I Iive in [MEMBER OF CONGRESS]'s [district/state], and I'm writing to ask you to prioritize the child care industry in the next stimulus package. First, I want to thank you for providing assistance to help businesses and families during this crisis. However, additional significant and dedicated relief is still needed to support the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. stands to lose 4.5 million child care slots—roughly half of the nation's child care supply. Without access to care, millions of Americans will not be able to return to work as we begin to reopen the economy.
Child care isn't like other industries and is among the most consequential to America's economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the child care industry especially hard, causing widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment. Extended closures and slow reopenings have and continue to put a substantial percentage of providers permanently out of business, exacerbating the existing realities of child care deserts, particularly in rural areas and low-income neighborhoods. At the same time, child care providers who remained open or are now reopening will have to operate on financial losses for months as a result of new social distancing requirements and low enrollment, as parents slowly return to work. The devastating impact of these unique realities cannot be sustained without direct federal investments that ensure child care providers can keep their doors open to meet the needs of working families.
As states continue reopening more sectors of the economy, it is clear that the American economy cannot succeed if the child care industry fails. Without child care, millions of Americans will not be able to return to work. If we want a successful economic recovery, working parents are going to need access to reliable, quality child care.
You can help the nation's child care industry survive this crisis by supporting the inclusion of a Child Care Stabilization Fund in the next stimulus package. Significant, dedicated relief through a child care stabilization fund will enable states to provide grants to struggling child care providers to help shore up the market and ensure parents have access to the care that will allow them to return to work.
I highly encourage your colleagues in Congress to do the same.