Spread the Word in Your Community

Sample Opinion Editorial

An op-ed is a great way to show your passion, persuade readers to care about the issue, and encourage your elected officials to take action. Your op-ed should provide steps people can take to make a difference. Make sure to include references to your professional and/or personal experience to lend credibility.

For more tips, check out ZERO TO THREE’s How to Write a Letter to the Editor and an Opinion Editorial guide.

Template Op-Ed

As a [JOB TITLE/JOB DESCRIPTION/ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY], I [INDICATE YOUR INTERACTION WITH BABIES/TODDLERS/FAMILIES] adjusting to the joys and routines of being parents, including [HIGHLIGHT CHALLENGES RELATED TO YOUR PRIORITY AREA(S)].

These parents all feel the immense responsibility for their child’s future, and know that the early years shape a child’s life. But it can be hard to fully grasp what that means when it comes to brain development.

Babies’ brains grow at warp speed – forming more than one million new neural connections every second. That’s amazing when you think about it. In fact, between the ages of 0 and 3, a child’s brain will grow faster than at any later point in their life.

[INSERT ANECDOTE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE SUPPORTING BABIES AND FAMILIES IN SERVICE OF BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND/OR REFERENCE RECENT NEWS STORY.]

As a community, we can do more to support babies and families. When babies thrive, we all benefit. And, when babies don’t get what their growing brains need to thrive, they don’t develop in ways they should. This leads to life-long developmental, educational, social, and health challenges that we all end up paying for in the long run.

[INSERT ANECDOTE ABOUT A CHILD OR FAMILY YOU HAVE WORKED WITH AND HOW THEY HAVE BENEFITED FROM SUPPORTS IN THE COMMUNITY.]

That’s why it’s time that our elected leaders Think Babies™. They need to understand that investing in our littlest ones is one of the most important things we can do as a nation to make sure all our kids grow into healthy, well-rounded adults who reach their fullest potential.

In fact, every dollar we invest in infant and early childhood programs returns great benefits for our children and our country, including more years of education, more employment and better health as adults.

So how can we assure that babies get the support they need to thrive?

We need to [INSERT CAMPAIGN PRIORITIES BASED ON YOUR ORGANIZATION’S OBJECTIVES]:

  • [MAKE SURE EVERY FAMILY WHO NEEDS IT HAS ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE FOR THEIR INFANTS AND TODDLERS THAT OFFER ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARING ADULTS AND STRONG EARLY LEARNING EXPERIENCES.]
  • [GIVE PARENTS DEDICATED TIME TO BOND WITH THEIR BABIES IN THE EARLIEST MONTHS, WHEN SO MUCH OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT IS AT STAKE.]
  • [REACH PARENTS WITH THE RESOURCES AND SERVICES THEY WANT AND NEED TO NURTURE THEIR BABY’S HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT AND SET THEM UP FOR A HEALTHY LIFE.]
  • [ENSURE FAMILIES HAVE ACCESS TO NUTRITION AND OTHER HEALTH SERVICES THAT CAN GIVE THEM A HEALTHY START IN LIFE.]

Our elected officials must make the potential of America’s babies a national priority. All they have to do is Think Babies™ and remember that investing early in policies that support babies’ growth and development will make a difference in their lives forever.