This just in from Zero to Three’s Take Action! Be a BIG VOICE for Little Kids campaign:
Have you ever heard the expression “let the facts speak for themselves?” Well, when it comes to advocating on behalf of babies, toddlers, and their families, ZERO TO THREE has the facts you need to speak out.
ZERO TO THREE’s State Baby Facts are individual fact sheets for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, which present easy-to-use data about the status of infants and toddlers. The facts about young children in your state tell an important story that YOUR policymakers at every level of government need to hear as they make funding decisions about early childhood programs and services.
You can Rally4Babies by getting your state’s Baby Facts into the hands of your state’s policymakers! Important policy decisions are being made on Capitol Hill and the annual appropriations process is underway to determine the level of funding for early learning and child/family programs. However, your state’s Baby Facts are not just for Members of Congress– use them in your advocacy with state legislators and make sure they have all the facts.
Below is a list of the State Baby Facts bitly links by state, so you can send your state’s Baby Facts electronically.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Send an email to your Members of Congress and state legislators with a link to your state’s Baby Facts. The email template includes the link to the main Baby Facts web page, but you can insert the shortcut link for your state’s Baby Facts to personalize it to your state.
2. Tweet your state’s Baby Facts to your Members of Congress. (Click the links to find the Twitter handles for your U.S. Senators and US Representatives) We’ve provided a few sample tweets for you below, but feel free to create your own! Use the list of State Baby Facts’ bitly links by state to customize your tweets and other social media posts.
[Insert Twitter handles for your Members of Congress] Our nation prospers when babies & toddlers get a strong start. Get the #statebabyfacts for VA here: [bitly link]
[Insert Twitter handles for your Members of Congress] [%] of VA families w/ babies benefit from home visiting. Support MIECHV funding! #statebabyfacts: [bitly link].
List of State Baby Facts Bitly Links for Social Media (You’ll need to copy/paste the following into your tweets…I’m not technological enough to figure that out here!):
District of Columbia