Advocacy Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Young Children
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Public policy decisions made at the community and state levels affect infants, toddlers and their families as much, or sometimes more so, than those made at the federal level. As such, state and community leaders can play an invaluable role in advocating for policies that improve outcomes for our youngest children. What is a leader? While each of us may have our own ideas about what makes a leader, we know that leaders play an important role in any advocacy success. With inspiring leaders guiding our advocacy efforts, we can make a significant difference in the lives of babies and toddlers. This article focuses on two such leaders, one at the state level and the other at the community level. Both have employed effective advocacy strategies to raise awareness, mobilize the public and other advocates, and influence the public policy process in direct ways.
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