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Join Us and Advocate During Week of the Young Child and Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week

One of our goals of this week is to educate legislators about the importance of high-quality early learning and afterschool programs in their communities, and to encourage them to properly fund early learning and afterschool initiatives.

But we need your help to get this important message across. Below are ideas and resources to support your efforts. Your participation will make a difference in the lives of children across Minnesota!

Because of our diverse membership, we have a number of initiatives we are supporting. Please see the sample messages below and choose the policies that will impact your program and the children and families you serve the most and take action. Let’s make these last few days count! Do one, do them all!

Contact Education Conference Committee

Email these legislators before Friday, April 28. The legislative process has moved to the conference committee stage, which means the House and Senate appoint five people from each body for each committee to work out the differences between the bills. We are asking that you contact each of the conference committee members for Education and Health and Human Services.

Afterschool Grants

Hello my name is _______________. (I am [insert title and program).

As a member of the Education Conference Committee, I know you will have to make important decisions about Minnesota’s education priorities over the next week or two. I urge you to support funding for afterschool programs that the young people in our community need to be healthy, productive citizens.

{Add your story, your experience. This will make the advocacy impact even greater. If you are a constituent of one of the conference committee members, be sure to include that information!}

Thank you for your time,

(Include your name and address)

Early Learning Scholarships

Hello my name is _______________. (I am [insert title and program).

As a member of the Education Conference Committee, I know you will have to make important decisions about Minnesota’s education priorities over the next week or two. I urge you to support more funding for early learning scholarships, including broadening who is eligible to be children birth to 5. This is the best way to help the most in need families to access high quality early learning for their children in the setting that works best for their family.

{Add your story, your experience. This will make the advocacy impact even greater. If you are a constituent of one of the conference committee members, be sure to include that information!}}

Thank you for your time,

(Include your name and address)

Contact Health and Human Services Conference Committee

Email these legislators before this Friday, April 28. The legislative process has moved to the conference committee stage, which means the House and Senate appoint five people from each body for each committee to work out the differences between the bills. We are asking that you contact each of the conference committee members for Education and Health and Human Services.

Child Care Assistance Program

Hello my name is _______________. (I am [insert title and program).

As a member of the HHS Conference Committee, I know you will have to make important decisions about Minnesota’s budget over the next week or two. I urge you to support important family friendly reforms in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), including moving to an annual reauthorization.

CCAP is a foundational component in getting young children ready for school and life, while also supporting working families and it’s the largest funding stream for early education targeted to low-income families in the state. These family friendly policies will provide important continuity of care that children need to grow and be successful.

{Add your story, your experience. This will make the advocacy impact even greater. If you are a constituent of one of the conference committee members, be sure to include that information!}}

Thank you for your time,

(Include your name and address)

We want to hear about your advocacy efforts. Email Sara at sarab@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org.

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