Advocate for Early Ed

You can take action too!

You can help to maximize our impact and reach. Just one email, phone call, or conversation can potentially pave the way for new and innovative ways to reach more children and communities. Below are three easy ways that you can help advocate for early childhood education.

Reach Out to Your Elected Representatives

Be heard! Email, tweet at, call, or meet with local and state government officials and urge them to invest in high-quality early education and care, including appropriate early educator training and compensation. At the federal level, you can find your Members of Congress here, and:

  • Urge them to increase funding for Federal Work-Study so that more college students with financial needs can participate in meaningful programs that help them build important skills while benefiting the community.
  • Request that they increase funding for AmeriCorps and Foster Grandparents, two important programs operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service that support organizations like Jumpstart to engage community members in service.

 Inform Family & Friends

Spread the word! You can make an impact by educating friends and family about the important work Jumpstart is doing in the early education field. Raising awareness is critical, and hopefully, they will join in supporting our efforts to make high-quality early education programs more accessible to teachers, families, and children. Every voice is unique and equally important. By encouraging your networks to speak up and show their support for early education, we can continue to raise awareness and expand our reach across the country.

 Participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®

Get involved! Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® was launched over a decade ago to bring much needed attention to high-quality early learning. Each year on Read for the Record day, over 2 million people gather in large cities, small towns, and everywhere in between for the world’s largest shared reading experience on a single day. Click here to learn more about how you can get your community involved.

* Jumpstart is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. To comply with the laws regarding 501(c)(3) organizations as well as AmeriCorps regulations, staff, Jumpstart Corps members and VISTAs may not participate in any partisan or seemingly partisan activities. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to: Endorsing or opposing a candidate, either implicitly or explicitly; Coordinating activities with a candidate; Using federal funds for voter registration activities.

Jumpstart staff may participate in partisan activities and campaigns on their own time and with their own resources (e.g., personal computers, phones, and email accounts). In addition, as an AmeriCorps-funded program, Jumpstart staff funded by AmeriCorps and program participants (i.e. Corps members, VISTAs, Foster Grandparents) may not participate in political activities or try to influence legislation during time charged to AmeriCorps. Jumpstart staff who receive requests may participate in partisan activities and campaigns on their own time and with their own resources (e.g. personal computers, phones, and email accounts).

For more information and frequently asked questions, please click here to review a detailed memorandum recently issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service reminding programs of the various restrictions on legislative lobbying and partisan political activity.

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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