Strategies for Becoming a Better Communicator and Advocate
This article in the framing series addresses strategies that infant-toddler professionals can use to become better communicators about the early years.
When it comes to building relationships with young children, we all know that effective communication is vitally important. The same is true for the relationships we build when advocating on behalf of infants, toddlers and their families. Effective communication can make the difference between a successful advocacy effort and one that never reaches the people making policy decisions. This article in the framing series addresses strategies that infanttoddler professionals can use to become better communicators about the early years. Changing the way we talk about our work is difficult, and it takes a good deal of practice to “get the hang” of these strategies. But we encourage you to stick with it, practice whenever an opportunity presents itself, and let us know how your new communications about babies are impacting policy change in your state
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