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Helping People….Changing Lives

Use Your Voice to Make Changes!

As a parent, child care provider or community member, your voice matters.  Be vocal.  Be Active.  Share your child care stories, ideas or concerns with policy makers.  Sharing your thoughts is important because policy makers may not be aware of the current issues. Discussing the issues with them may help affect change.

 

Public Policy

Because of our Commitment to quality care, the Chautauqua Child Care Council is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC), Winning Beginning NY (WBNY), and Child Care Aware of America.  These organizations are leaders in state and national early care and education advocacy efforts.

We encourage you to contact those who can take action on issues that affect child care and the education of young children.  Supporting public policy activities and initiatives allows you to make a difference at a local, state or national level on the issues that matter to you most. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Here are some ideas for how you can take action by reminding others why early childhood care and education are important to our future and that of our children.  Use messages to affect change through these avenues:

  • Write letters to the editor of your local and area newspapers.
  • Write letters to your federal and state representatives.
  • Contact your local radio and cable stations.
  • Share early childhood advocate group links on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.
  • Form community groups to share ideas and take action together.
  • Visit the Child Care Aware of America Public Policy pages and other advocacy links listed here for information about current issues regarding children and child care and for other ideas on how you can advocate for young children.
  • For public policy activities, events and reports in NY, visit the NYS Early Care and Learning Council.

 

Here are some resources including public policy messages and agendas:

WBNY Advocacy Tools

 

Winning Beginning

Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State.

Winning Beginning NY Advocacy Handbook

 

Early Care & Learning Council Policy and Public Documents

High quality early care and learning programs are critical to the healthy development of children and to the economic health of communities.  The Early Care & Learning Council is a statewide organization that works to increase the quality, affordability and capacity of the early care and learning field and does so through training and technical assistance, data management and advocacy initiatives. Their programs are provided to and in partnership with their network of local Child Care Resource & Referral programs across New York State.

 

Child Care Aware of America Federal Public Policy News

Child Care Aware of America, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation’s leading voice for child care.  They work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide.  Their public policy agenda is both grassroots-inspired and research-based.

 

Parent Network of WNY is a community resource for families of individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families. Parent Network’s goal is to empower families to successfully advocate for their children with special needs and to see that they receive proper care and education by offering seminars, workshops, conferences, information and referral services and resources. Parent Network is designated as a Technical Assistance Parent Center by NYS Education Department and receives funding from several sources.

 

Use your voice to affect change!

As a parent, child care provider or community member your voice matters.  Be vocal.  Be Active.  Share your child care stories, ideas, or concerns with policy makers.  Sharing your thoughts is important because policy makers may not be aware of the current issues- discussing the issues with them may help affect change.

 


Get to know who is representing YOU!

 

U.S. Senators 
Senator Charles E. Schumer

Buffalo Office
130 South Elmwood Avenue #660
Buffalo, NY 14202

716-846-4111

716-846-4113

Senator Charles E. Schumer

Buffalo Office
Larkin At Exchange
726 Exchange Street, Suite 511
Buffalo, NY 14210

716-854-9725

716-854-9731

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Jamestown
2 East 2nd St. Suite 300
Jamestown, NY 14701

716-708-6369

716-708-6058

Representatives in Congress Congressman Tom Reed - 23rd District

New York Senators
NY State Senator Catharine Young – 57th District

Satellite Office
2-6 East 2nd St. Fenton Building, Suite 302
Jamestown, NY 14701

716-664-4603

716-664-2430

New York Senators NY State Senator Catharine Young – 57th District

Members of Assembly
Assemblyman Andrew Goodell – 150th District

District Office
Fenton Building
2 E. 2nd Street, Suite 320
Jamestown, NY 14701

716-664-7773

Members of Assembly Assemblyman Andrew Goodell – 150th District

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Govenor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

518-474-8390

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Govenor of New York State