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ADVOCACY & RESOURCES Advocacy means to speak up and take action

We need to provide QUALITY CHILD CARE for children.

Business leaders, parents, child care providers, and the community at large can provide powerful voices! We need to: • make children our priority to help them create better lives. Investing in our children and their programs in their earliest years provides continuity of care and real economic returns. • help families who are struggling financially. Scholarships help parents keep working. • support parent education and employee workshops. How can I be an advocate? • Stay informed about the issues that affect children • Promote a strong community by raising awareness and becoming involved • Support organizations who work on behalf of children, their families, and child care programs. Legislators face a real information challenge because they are constantly bombarded with so much data and information, and sorting through that information is something they have to do every day. You have a very important role for Advocating for Children, especially around their early childhood years of zero to age six, in helping legislators prioritize their decisions. If you provide them with your concerns and opinions, it helps them evaluate policies and make good decisions based on what’s best for children in ways that benefit their constituents.

The Child Care Council of Orange County, Inc. is participating in the Quality for Kids Campaign that was launched by Early Care & Learning Council to create awareness around the need for quality child care in New York State and in support of QUALITYstarsNY. This is a state wide initiative dedicated to improve the quality of early care and learning programs. QUALITYstarsNY is a path to increasing the availability of quality care and education for all children in New York State. Child care providers in Orange County will soon be part of this rating system and parents will be able to make more informed choices in selecting care. We can all be Advocates for children by supporting and promoting QUALITYstarsNY through this campaign. Ways to participate in this Advocacy campaign: writing letters to policymakers locally and statewide, write support blurb on facebook and twitter (#Q4K), send editorials to local papers, and inform parents and community members at opportune occasions. For additional info: http://www.qualityforkids.org Become a member of the Child Care Council of Orange County Inc. and support our work! Donate!

Resources for Advocacy:

WINNING BEGINNING, NY. - helping to make sure our children and families have all they need for healthy and safe learning. http://www.winningbeginningny.org/

Empire State Campaign for Child Care- Our mission is to achieve equitable access to quality child care for all children and working families in New York State. http://www.empirestatechildcare.org/

NACCRRA - working with child care agencies to make sure our kids and families have quality, affordable child care. http://www.naccrra.org

EARLY CARE AND LEARNING - The hub of the NYS network of child care resource and referral agencies http://www.earlycareandlearning.org/policy/

NYS OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES - Helping New York be a safer place for our children and families to live. http://www.ocfs.state.ny.usZERO TO THREE - A not for profit organization that helps to train professionals and parents to help improve the lives of our babies and toddlers. http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/rtt-elc-bibliography.pdf New statistical data for New York's 18th Congressional District: http://www.census.gov/mycd/application/embed.html?st=36&cd=18&cngdst=316847