Advocacy Tools

Discover how easy it is to talk to your legislator, how your action can help families in need, and how to work with the media.

Parents, educators, program staff, community members—anyone can speak up and advocate on behalf of young children.

Early Childhood Advocacy Toolkit

Do you want to be a voice for young children? With the Ounce’s toolkit, you’ll learn how to educate key audiences and encourage elected officials to support early childhood initiatives.

Introduction to Early Childhood Advocacy

A condensed version of our Early Childhood Advocacy Toolkit–English version.

Introducción a la Defensa de la Niñez Temprana Abogacía

Una versión condensada de nuestra guía para abogacía de la niñez temprana–en Español.

Early Childhood Talking Points

Use our talking points to communicate the benefits of early childhood education to lawmakers, community leaders and other stakeholders.

Media 101 Training Resources

You can begin working with reporters to raise awareness of early childhood issues with these general media tips, samples of a press release and letter to the editor, a pre-recorded training, and much more.

Site Visit Resources

You can plan, organize and host a successful site visit that ensures elected officials understand the importance of early learning programs by using these resources.

Social Media

You can tell your friends and contacts about the importance of early childhood with the help of these videos, resources and a pre-recorded webinar.

Illinois Obesity Prevention Standards Case Study

Download a PDF of a paper detailing Illinois’ experience in preventing obesity in early childhood by strengthening nutrition, physical activity and screen-time standards in licensed child-care centers.

Birth to 3rd Grade Case Studies

Illinois participated in a National Governor’s Association Birth to 3rd Grade Policy Academy. As a result, these briefs were developed in partnership with communities which invested in integrating experiences for children, families and educators.