Spread the Word in Your Community
By working with other individuals and organizations, you can share the importance of addressing babies’ needs from different perspectives and provide a holistic picture to advance the policies and programs that support them. Consider co-authoring an op-ed in the local newspaper, attending a town hall meeting together, or scheduling a joint meeting with your elected officials or their staff.
Here are some advocates and allies you may want to connect with:
- Medical providers, including pediatricians
- State and local children’s advocacy organizations (Find an organization near you.)
- Parent organizations, such as the PTA or the Policy Council for your local Head Start program
- Child care centers, Early Head Start programs, home visiting programs, and child welfare services
- Business leaders or business groups like the Chamber of Commerce
- Faith-based organizations
- Academic groups focused on early education – local colleges or universities
The sample email below could help with your initial outreach, but any way you reach out to build relationships can help further the campaign.
Once you formally engage them in the effort, you can use the other materials in this toolkit to conduct education activities together, such as co-authoring an op-ed in the local newspaper; attending a town hall meeting together to highlight this issue for your elected officials; or scheduling a joint meeting with your elected officials or staff.
Subject: Reaching Out – Baby/Toddler Brain Development Campaign
As someone who is focused on issues affecting babies and toddlers [INSERT MORE SPECIFICITY IF NECESSARY], I am reaching out about a new initiative in which you may be interested.
As you likely know, the first three years of a baby’s life have an enormous impact on how she learns and grows throughout her lifetime, with more than one million new neural connections forming every second. And you know what’s at stake: When babies have nurturing relationships, early learning experiences, and good nutrition, those neural connections are stimulated and strengthened, laying a strong foundation for the rest of their lives. But when babies don’t get what their growing brains need to thrive, they don’t develop as they should. This leads to life-long developmental, educational, social, and health challenges.
Given [YOUR/YOUR ORGANIZATION’S FOCUS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD ISSUES], I am reaching out to let you know that ZERO TO THREE developed a campaign called Think Babies™, to bring national attention to what babies and families need to thrive: quality, affordable child care; time for parents to bond with their babies; healthy emotional development; and strong physical health and nutrition.
Every day, Congress makes decisions that affect our work and the children and families we serve. Our babies need a big voice, and we can help! There are many opportunities to get involved – from sharing messages with your network to meeting with state policymakers and our Members of Congress. I would like to speak with you more about the campaign and see if there are ways we can work together. [INSERT RELEVANT CONNECTION POINTS].