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Vote for Young Children

Every year, thousands of candidates run for public office at the local, state, and federal level. Convince them to become champions for young children! Select a campaign to see how state and national organizations are doing just that.

Vote for Ohio KidsOhio

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Michigan Truth Tour and Sandbox PartyMichigan

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#NJVotes4KidsNew Jersery

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Make Early Learning a Top Priority in the 2018 ElectionsNew York

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2017 Election Resources and EventsVirginia

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Choose Children 2018California

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Pre-K for PAPennsylvania

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America for Early EdNAEYC

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Campaign 4 KidsColorado

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Race to the PollsWisconsin

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Vote for Ohio Kids

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Vote for Ohio Kids

Vote for Ohio Kids is a statewide effort dedicated to ensuring Ohio’s next Governor will make investments in children’s early education and health a top priority. This initiative is led jointly by Groundwork Ohio and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association in partnership with business, healthcare, and early education leaders as well as child advocates from around the state. Vote for Ohio Kids is driving a powerful agenda that puts Ohio kids front and center.

Meet the Candidates

Webpage that includes gubernatorial candidates websites and press coverage

Media Tool Kit

The Vote for Ohio Kids Media Toolkit is a resource for coalition members to help amplify the message of the Vote for Ohio Kids campaign. The Toolkit provides action steps, images, and sample text to make it easy to share our message on social media, in newsletters, and on your website.

Leadership Forum

The Forum event will bring together a coalition of business, healthcare, and education leaders as well as child advocates from across the state to dialogue with the gubernatorial nominees and seek a commitment to a kid-focused agenda.

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Invest in proven, high-quality early childhood experiences

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The case for high quality child care: High-Quality Child Care

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The case for high quality preschool: High-Quality Preschool

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The case for voluntary evidenced-based home visiting: Voluntary, Evidence-Based Home Visiting

Michigan Truth Tour and Sandbox Party

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Michigan Truth Tour

Bridge Magazine at the Center for Michigan launched a year-long Truth Tour to engage and inform Michigan residents on the most critical issues facing the state (including early childhood) while fighting fake news and fake politics throughout this campaign year.  Their mobile news and citizenship van will be on Michigan’s highways and byways with up to 100 stops across the state from April through Election Day in November. The Center for Michigan is partnering with community leaders to hold town hall meetings and documentary screenings, discuss substantive local and state issues, distribute Michigan Facts & Issue Guides, give attendees an opportunity to meet spokespuppy Truth Dog, profile communities in Bridge, and cover and fact-check prominent campaign events in each area.

Michigan Truth Squad

A political fact-checking service has been launched with the vetting of campaign claims by four leading candidates for Michigan governor. The Truth Squad will fact-check candidates’ (and interest groups’) commercials, websites, social media feeds, public statement, and even the mailers that will land on front porches. Truth Squad will help citizens sort the pronouncements and claims on all sides of politics – including the races for governor, attorney general, Michigan House and Senate, and potential ballot issues.

Michigan Solution Summits

The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine will gather dozens of experts and stakeholders in March at four locations across the state to factually ground the 2018 elections in the biggest substantive issues facing Michigan. Issues will include Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure, the health of cities, balancing economic growth and natural resources protection, and Michigan’s education performance crisis and what to do about it. The summits will highlight lessons from other states and a call to action for 2018 candidates to develop robust policy platforms for Michigan’s future.

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100 Key Michigan Facts in One Chart

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Early Childhood

Michigan Sandbox Party

The Sandbox Party seeks to engage voters and candidates during the campaign season, because it’s time for Michigan lawmakers to get their hands dirty for children, youth, and families. The Sandbox Party is a project of Michigan’s Children, a statewide independent voice working to ensure public policies are made in the best interest of children.

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Child Care Matters

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Families Matters

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Mental Health Matters

#NJVotes4Kids

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Raise the state child care subsidy rate to cover the true cost of caring for infants

Advocacy Tool Kit

A comprehensive set of web-based tools to engage with candidates and put kids’ issues at the forefront of their agenda.

Election Guide

ACNJ’s 2017 Election Guide highlights six key issues that center on the biggest challenges facing children today and the action steps needed to make meaningful change.

Infographics

6 key issues that center on the biggest challenges facing New Jersey children that can be easily shared through social media.

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Expand public preschool to more economically disadvantaged children

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Commit to getting lead out of homes and children

Make Early Learning a Top Priority in the 2018 Elections

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2018 Elections Toolkit

From tips on how to make the case for investment, to the nuts and bolts of reaching candidates and engaging the media, this toolkit gives you the power to make early learning a top priority during the election season.

2017 Election Resources and Events

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The Future of Virginia Starts Today: 2017 Election Guide

A powerful tool that can be used by organizations and individuals for voter education and advocacy. It features a report on the changing demographics of Virginia’s children and 8 one-page “cheat sheets” with infographics and questions for candidates. To provide some tips on how the guide might be used in nonprofit organization’s work, or in an individual capacity,  view our 12 minute webinar that walks through examples of how to use this Guide. This information is also available as a written guide.

Ask the Candidates for Governor Challenge: A Crowdsourced Contest

A contest aimed to amplify the voice of youth during the 2017 election season by hosting an online contest to vote for a question submitted by young people. The winning question was asked at the youth-led Gubernatorial Forum on September 8th.

Social Media Tools

Help promote talking points and questions for candidates on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Download sample tweets and posts.

Social Media Tools

Help promote talking points and questions for candidates on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Download graphic files to include with your posts.

Children’s Policy Issues Candidate Questionnaires

Read responses to Voices’ candidate questionnaire from candidates running for lieutenant governor, attorney general and the 100 House of Delegates seats.

Choose Children 2018

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Campaign Tool Kit – A Guide to Electing a Children’s Governor for California in 2018

A toolkit to support the Choose Children 2018 campaign and to be an effective voice and powerful advocate for early childhood care and education. Included are ready-to-use materials for one’s own communication channels such as websites, newsletters and social media.

Statewide Poll:

Poll reveals electorate deeply supportive of programs benefitting babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Decision 2018:

Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area / KNTV hosted “Decision 2018: The Race for Governor,” a debate among major candidates running for California governor.

Pre-K for PA

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Pre-K for PA

Building on the shared belief that all children should have the opportunity to enter school ready to succeed, a broad coalition of organizations launched the PA for Pre-K campaign in 2014. The campaign set out to make pre-k a priority issue in the gubernatorial and legislative elections, advocating increased access to high-quality pre-kindergarten for all Pennsylvania’s three-and four-year olds by 2022.

Planned Activities for 2018
Polling and Focus Groups: Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) will be leading an effort through the Pre-K for PA Campaign to conduct polling and focus groups. The goal is to learn more about voter sentiment towards public investments in pre-k and to revise as strategy accordingly.
Editorial Board Outreach
Leadership Council Op-Eds: Campaign groups will release a series of op-eds. For example, PPC will partner with the PA Principals Association to have local elementary principals submit op-eds on the importance of high-quality pre-k in preparing children for K-12.
E-Blasts: From now until the November election, bi-weekly and issue specific emails.

Take Action

Describes ways in which people can become involved in the campaign and ideas of how to do it – become a campaign volunteer, contact a legislator, make a call, share your story, be an advocate, write or respond, visit your legislator, and adopt a legislator.

Fact Sheet: Pre-K Works, So Why not PA?

Interactive map that shows % of eligible children who do not have access to publicly funded, high-quality pre-k by senate district, house district, school district and county.

Fact Sheet: Pre-K Works fact sheet

Access to high-quality, publicly funded pre-k is good for Pennsylvania’s future workforce and this connection will not be lost when Pennsylvanians head to the polls in 2018.

Voter Guide

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Voter Guide: 10 Questions Texas Voters Should Ask Candidates About Supporting Children

Each topic has why it matters, what happened in 2017, and questions for the candidates. Topics include high quality pre-k, preventing maternal and infant deaths, ending the school to prison pipeline, restoring services to toddlers with disabilities, supporting student mental health, strengthening foster care and CPS, funding critical health programs, high quality affordable child care, moving youth out of dangerous juvenile justice facilities, and ending the Texas policy of automatically sending 17 year olds to the Adult Justice System.

America for Early Ed

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Our Votes, Their Futures

In 2018, there are thousands of people running for Governor, Congress, state legislatures, school boards, and city councils. That means thousands of opportunities to elevate the importance of early childhood education and educators. So let’s stand together as one unified, powerful voice to deliver on the promise of high-quality early learning for all children.

Advocacy Toolbox

Download pledge cards, town hall signs, social media signs, stickers, flyers, and videos that can provide support to state efforts.

Campaign 4 Kids

2018 Election Guide

Scroll through this website to see candidate education materials, an advocate toolkit, issue area fact sheets and 100 district-specific fact sheets for all Colorado legislative districts.

Race to the Polls

Race to the Polls

Our schools, our communities, and our economy will be better when every person in the state has access to opportunity—but in order to achieve this, our lawmakers must stand up for racial justice and advance policies that promote racial equity. Sign the Pledge. Share your Story. Register and vote.

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