Tools for State-Level Advocacy Action Steps
The Success Equation unites community to reduce and prevent the impact of poverty so all children can thrive. This is accomplished by working with decision makers at the local, state and federal levels to advocate for public policies that support and improve the lives of families- especially those unable to afford food, housing, early childhood learning and healthcare.
The Success Equation works with partners to advocate to our representatives in the NC General Assembly on issues impacting children and families, namely:
• Raise the Age Campaign: Pass legislation that enacts the NC Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice recommendations and provides full funding for that implementation.
• Childcare Subsidies Market Rate and Allocations: The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) implements an alternative market rate and allocations formula that factors cost of care for providers, simplifies current formula, and is more equitable across the counties.
• Healthcare for Low-Income Children and Families: Protect existing health insurance coverage and funding. If possible expand Medicaid coverage in NC to cover uninsured adults.
How to Find Your State Representatives
• To find out a wealth of information concerning how our state general assembly introduces and decides on legislation, go to http://www.ncleg.net. Here you can find:
• Committee members: This is important, as many bills are first voted on by committee before going to the full general assembly for a vote.
• The session calendar: Find out what bills will be voted on by General Assembly
• Live and archived audio of sessions, press conferences, and meetings held in the Appropriations and Finance Committee Rooms
• Do you want to know how your state elected officials voted on issues relating to Economic Security; Education; Environment; Health & Safety; Government & Democracy; and Women’s Issues? It’s as easy as going to the WNC Vote Tracker and clicking on one of the issue areas listed above.
Make YOUR VOICE Heard
• Did you know that the average phone call to your elected officials to let them know how you stand on an issue takes as little as 3 minutes? The person answering the phone is usually an aide to the elected official, and their job is to keep a tally of how many constituents are calling in support or opposition of an issue. You don’t have to be prepared for a debate; you don’t need to be an expert on the issue; you just need to know how you stand on the issue.
• Example of a script for calling your elected officials “Hi, my name is ___________. I live in _______ County. I’m calling in support/opposition of ___________ decision. This is important to me because I believe_____________.
• Write a letter to local media or to your elected officials about an issue that impacts children and families. Make a quick and easy phone call to your elected officials to let them know if you support or oppose legislation.
• Here are some examples of letters to help guide you.
Make YOUR VOICE Count for Kids!
• Sign up for our Action Alerts for up-to-the-minute alerts on important policy decisions and ways you can make your voice count for kids!
• Follow us on our Success Equation Facebook page and on Twitter @CFCISAdvocacy to receive information and updates on how you can help create a community where all children can thrive.
• Volunteer to participate in monthly phone banking to inform our neighbors on important issues impacting children and families. Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091 or JodiF@childrenfirstbc.org.
• Sign up for our monthly Success Equation newsletter. Contact Jodi Ford at JodiF@childrenfirstbc.org or call 828-620-9091.