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Early Childhood Advocacy Training Engages Councils

In December 2018, ECCLA partnered with Child Care Works, Raise Colorado, Colorado Children’s Campaign, and Clayton Early Learning to support an advocacy training for child advocates across Colorado. Funding from the Think Babies campaign enable Early Childhood Council leaders to attend from all corners of the state to provide a diverse perspective and bring back knowledge to their local communities.

The training focused on the legislative process, advocacy vs. lobbying, analysis of the 2018 election, tips for effectively engaging policy makers, effective storytelling, and action planning for the 2019 legislative session. In addition to Councils, several advocates, parents, and organizations directly working with children attended.

The day not only gave Councils important knowledge and resources, but an opportunity to connect with leaders from across the state for shared learning and best practices. ECCLA was proud to partner and support this training for Councils and local leaders to serve as effective champions for young children and their families.


Photo captions – Top: Councils leaders from the Early Childhood Council for Yuma, Washington, Kit Carson Counties; Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln Early Childhood Council; and Early Childhood Council of Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties; Left:  Council leaders from the Montelores Early Childhood Council and the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council; Right: Council leaders from ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council and Early Childhood Council of La Plata County.

ZERO TO THREE created the Think Babies™ campaign to make the potential of every baby a national priority. Funding partners for Think Babies include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which supports the campaign’s public education aspects, and the Perigee Fund, which supports the campaign’s public education and advocacy aspects. Learn more at

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