Our 2nd Annual Public Policy Forum
Early childhood educators, leaders, legislators, journalists, policy analysts, parents, and grandparents came together to share information, collaborate, and develop advocacy skills to strengthen early care and education in Maine.
We were honored to welcome back keynote speakers Lauren Hogan from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Mary Beth Testa from the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). Sue Reed (Maine Dep. of Ed) helped close the day with a panel discussion on partnering at the local level.
Crafting Stronger, Clearer Messages – Amy O’Leary and Judy Reidt Parker
Determining how to frame an issue is critical. How do you talk and write about early care and education with others in the field, policymakers, the press, and the general public? In this session you will develop and improve the language you use to best convey your message.
Connecting with Media – Kim Gore, Matthew Stone, and Paul Merrill
Building relationships with the media and using the media effectively are critical to moving an agenda. What is newsworthy? Should you write a press release, a letter to the editor, or an op-ed? How should you respond to reporters?
Connecting with Legislators – Rita Furlow, Rick McCarthy, Sen. Millett, & Rep. Hymanson
Explore how you and your organization can build relationships with policymakers. How do you decide whether to call, write an email, or request a face-to-face meeting? In this session you will learn tips for how to best communicate with legislators.
The Advocate’s Toolbox – Amy O’Leary
An advocate uses many tools to persuade and inform others. If you are an educator or parent who is new to advocacy, this session is for you. Learn about communicating effectively, developing advocacy materials, and collaborating to strengthen your message.
Introducing the Right From the Start Coalition!
Learn about the new Right from the Start Coalition, working to achieve a bipartisan early childhood public policy environment where children are a priority and are supported from birth forward. How can our coalition be successful and help establish a comprehensive early care and education system with an integrated continuum of policies, investments, programs and services?
Power to the Profession – Lauren Hogan and Mary Beth Testa
Early childhood educators and advocates, follow up on the morning keynote with a deeper dive into the vision for elevating our profession and how we achieve this vision. Discuss how a shared vision for the early care and education workforce fits into the current policy context and can take advantage of current and future opportunities to advance policy change.