Establishing and maintaining positive, ongoing contact with the legislative and executive branches of government, at the federal and state levels is essential to good advocacy. Keeping abreast of issues, trends and legislation that have the potential to affect Head Start, and letting legislators know and understand our point of view about such issues is also essential.
How Can I Help?
Individuals involved in the Head Start program, and others with a special interest in the program are in a perfect position to be heard by policy makers. Their attitudes, as well as their personal experiences and successes with the programs reinforce the impact that Head Start has on the lives of the families in their jurisdiction. Legislators often make important decisions based on only a few contacts from their constituents. When they know voters "back home" care about an issue, they pay attention. Let them know what you think.
And, be sure to register to vote. It's easy! The only requirements are that you are a U.S. citizen, resident of Kansas and are at least 18 years old. You can register at your county's election office, or click here to obtain a form and the address for your county. You can also call 1-800-262-VOTE for more information.
Once you've registered, it's important to vote in local, state and national elections. Be informed about the issues and the candidates, and be part of the process. You will make a difference!