Policy Resource


Jul 18, 2013

The Virtual Baby Rally is almost here. On Monday, July 8th, at 2:00 pm EDT, a whole line up of VIP’s will be taking time out of their busy days to join a Google+ Hangout to highlight the need to invest in the early development of our youngest children.

We know your time is no less valuable. You may even be involved in giving some of those young children very positive early learning experiences.

So why should you choose to spend part of your day rallying for babies? Here are the top 5 reasons:

Number 5: Congress is making funding decisions right now that impact babies! The House and Senate Appropriations Committees soon will be setting funding levels for programs such as Head Start/Early Head Start, child care, and Part C/Early Intervention. A blast from petition-signers as they #Rally4Babies would help Congress understand how important these programs are.

Number 4: It’s a simple way to advocate for babies. Babies have an endless To Do list: learn to smile, sit up, crawl, walk, talk, pick up peas with their fingers, put one block on top of another…All you have to do is hang out and click on a button to tell Congress and the President to invest in their early development.

Number 3: You can sing along with Laurie Berkner! She will be performing some of the songs your children love so much that they’re probably already running through your head. Wouldn’t it be great if we had so many voices that if you walked outside as the rally is ending, you could hear us singing for babies all over the country without a computer?

Number 2: Not one, but two Cabinet Secretaries are taking time out from overseeing all the national programs that help kids and families, in order to #Rally4Babies. Other children’s advocates, media and Hollywood celebrities are doing the same—so can you!

And the Number 1 reason to #Rally4Babies: Babies can’t vote or sign petitions—they need your voice to be heard if we are going to achieve the investments that will give all young children a strong start in life.

Don’t forget–babies are counting on you to Be a Big Voice for Little Kids!™ #Rally4Babies on July 8th.

For more information and to sign the petition, go to www.rally4babies.org

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    Patricia A. Cole

    Senior Director of Federal Policy


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