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Select a topic of interest.
What current problems, policies, or issues affect the health, safety, or education of young children and families? Which of these issues are of greatest interest to you? Perhaps you are concerned about the increased focus on high-stakes testing in primary grades, the lack of opportunity for young children to engage in creative and experiential play, or the need to increase children’s access to books in the home. Explore the web resources provided with the Assessment and/or other resources to gain information and insights on pressing issues, needs, and challenges that affect children and families.
Based on your initial exploration, select a topic of interest, one for which you want to advocate for action that can positively impact the lives of children and families. With this issue in mind, continue exploring reputable resources and investigate advocacy organizations and initiatives that are already in place. Consider how this issue relates to your sphere of influence (e.g., workplace, local community, state, national, global level) and what actions you might take to promote positive changes within this sphere.
Based on your exploration, prepare a 2- to 3-page Research Brief as follows:
Describe the advocacy issue/challenge/need and its impact on children and families.
Include a synopsis of major, compelling research findings that support your position on the cause for which you want to advocate.
Explore local, regional, state, national, and/or global advocacy efforts that have been devoted to this issue. Identify one or more organizations and describe their work in supporting the advocacy issue.
After reading about how established organizations have advocated for your issue, describe an initiative of your own that could further your cause. Your initiative should be one that you can spearhead within your sphere of influence. Your initiative might involve activities that will increase awareness, educate others, change a policy, bring in resources to your workplace, start a community project, create a service to families, or any other forms of advocacy.
State at least two measureable goals that you believe can be achieved within the next six months to a year.
Include specific action steps you plan to take and a timeline for implementation.
Identify any roadblocks you anticipate and plans to overcome them.
Identify one or more policymakers or stakeholders to whom you will communicate your advocacy initiative.
Explain the purpose of your communication to these stakeholders.