Advocates are people who care passionately about an issue and take action to make meaningful change. In this section, you’ll find some information and resources that will help you confidently take action on important early childhood issues and make advocacy a part of your everyday life.

Illinois Action For Children’s Advocacy Toolkit
How-to guide for traditional advocacy, online advocacy, messaging strategies, and more.

Illinois Action for Children’s Best Practices: Integrating Policy & Advocacy Strategies in Local Collaboration Efforts
This resource offers a range of advocacy activities collaborations can engage their community in.

Illinois Action for Children’s Community Profiles
This guide provides a snapshot of the early childhood education landscape in your legislative district. It features profiles of your state and U.S. representatives and senators.

Illinois Action for Children’s Voter Registration Toolkit
How-to-guide for encouraging people to register to vote and going to the polls on election day.

Lobbying v. Advocacy
Federal regulations permit non-profit organizations to advocate for issues important to them. The Independent Sector is a trusted source for more information about nonprofit advocacy and lobbying.

Tips for Talking with Legislators and the Media

Illinois Action for Children’s Policy Briefs and Fact Sheets
Learn more about policy issues and facts to guide your messaging.

Legislator Look-up
Don’t know who your legislators are? Click here to get started.

Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM)
IECAM can be searched by Illinois legislative districts the federal and state level. It’s a quick way to find data that will be instantly relevant to your legislators.

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