Advocacy

Everyday Advocacy
An initiative of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), Everyday Advocacy offers a collection of resources designed to empower library staff to take action in their libraries, communities, and beyond. Advocacy is so important, but that doesn't mean it has to be intimidating. Everyday Advocacy highlights ideas and tips that are quick, easy to implement, and highly doable. The site's goal is to develop powerful advocates for children and library service to children.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children: Effective Advocacy Resources
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides many useful fact sheets and informational resources about advocacy. They have a good collection of information about the legal aspects of the subject.

Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners (PDF)
A report released in June 2013 by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Institute of Museum and Library Services affirms that libraries and museums are key to early learning. The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, calls upon policymakers, practitioners, and parents to make full use of libraries and museums, and the skills and talents of those who work in them, to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a strong start in learning. The report cites dozens of examples and ten case studies, and highlights ten key ways libraries and museums support children's early education and summer learning.

Early Learning Resources from the IMLS
The Institute for Museum and Library Services provides an array of early learning resources and publications, including the Growing Young Minds report described above, a set of talking points on "Young Learners in the Library", and a number of case studies and examples of library practice.

Ounce of Prevention Fund
The Ounce of Prevention Fund has a single goal: that all American children, particularly those born into poverty, have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life. The Ounce provides direct services to children in the Chicago area, and advocates for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country. A public awareness video produced by the Ounce, Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything, is a compelling introduction to the problem of children in poverty being unready for kindergarten. Share it with your local decision makers and your community.

Reading Rockets Advocacy Page
The advocacy page for Reading Rockets is geared towards parents (with some attention given to educators). There are numerous informational documents for parents as well as links to advocacy blogs. In addition, a reading list about books discussing the need for early literacy advocacy is provided.

Zero to Three - Federal Policy Baby Blog
The public policy process can be fast-paced, so this blog offers important policy developments impacting babies, toddlers, families, and early childhood professionals. A service of Zero to Three, a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

ALA's Advocacy University
This page brings together ALA's tools and resources for advocating for libraries, librarians, and library services. Check the General Advocacy section for basic instructional and research tools for the beginning advocate, and the Advocacy Factsheets section for guides on becoming a better advocate, building your advocacy campaign, making your case, lobbying, and working with the media. Another useful resource is their Preschool 0-5 Talking Points.

Ohio Library Council Advocacy Resources
The OLC makes available various resources including a Return on Investment calculator, talking points for comunication with state and local elected officials, and downloadable fact sheets. The Ohio Library Council Government Relations Committee is dedicated to enhancing the role of public libraries as advocates for library services and library patrons.

International Reading Association
The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide. Its Legislative Action Team is a grassroots network of member volunteers participating in advocacy efforts to promote quality instruction.

SparkAction Early Care and Learning
The Benton Foundation provides information for adults to advocate for children in their communities through SparkAction.org. The Early Care and Learning section gives ideas for cost-effective programs, citable research sources, and other information advocating care and literacy for young children.

National Coalition for Literacy
While not focused on early literacy, this advocacy organization is very active in adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the U.S. The NCL works to raise public awareness for the need to increase funding and programs, to promote effective public policy, and to serve as a resource for the field on national adult education issues.

The National Center for Families Learning
The National Center for Families Learning provides online learning and literacy communities, as well as early literacy research and support. They offer several programs including the Toyota Family Learning Program, intended to address the growing educational needs low-income and ethnically diverse families.

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