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, and 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.

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 Advocacy Tools
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's advocacy materials offer clear, succinct guidance on effective advocacy for young children.

Reading Rockets Advocacy Research
A listing of recent research and reports to support advocacy for young children and education from Reading Rockets, a national multimedia project supporting reading acquisition.

Zero to Three Policy & Advocacy
Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of young children. This page features articles and tools on all of Zero to Three’s policy advocacy efforts to support babies and toddlers.

ALA: Advocacy, Legislation, & Issues
This page from the American Library Association brings together a wealth of information and resources for library advocacy, on an array of issues related to library service. 

Ohio Library Council Advocacy Resources
The OLC makes available various resources including a Return on Investment calculator, talking points for communication 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 Literacy Association: Get Literacy Resources
The International Literacy Association works to make literacy accessible for all. Find tools, ideas, and inspiration to advocate for literacy in your community.

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 to address the growing educational needs of low-income and ethnically diverse families.

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