Children’s Advocacy Boot Camp

If you’d like to strengthen your advocacy skills, consider joining our friends at Children’s Hospital Colorado for their first-ever Children’s Advocacy Boot Camp. Advocacy Boot Camp is designed to teach people how to use their voices to bring about positive and lasting change related to children’s health and access to care. Featuring nine half-day training sessions from January through September of 2014, Advocacy Boot Camp will be led by experts from the hospital, the community and local and state legislators. Only 20 seats are available, so be sure to apply for this tuition-free opportunity before November 15 at www.childrenscolorado.org/AdvocacyBootCamp.

Speak Up for Kids’ Health at the Capitol Draws Nearly 70 Parents and Advocates

Parents and child advocates from all corners of the state visited the Colorado State Capitol this week to speak up for the health and well-being of Colorado kids. Participants in Speak Up for Kids’ Health at the Capitol began the day with a training session at History Colorado Center, which included a review of current child health-related legislation, role-playing in preparation for legislative visits and remarks from State Rep. Lois Landgraf (R-21, Fountain) and State Sen. Linda Newell (D-26, Littleton). Both leaders discussed the impact of policy decisions on kids and stressed the value of hearing from their constituents on issues like child health and well-being.

“Your story matters; your voice matters,” said Sen. Linda Newell (D-Littleton). “We can study all kinds of data, but what we need to hear as legislators are the human stories behind that data. People sharing their stories with legislators via emails, calls, meetings, testimony at the Capitol or by attending town halls – that’s what we listen to.”

Participants then moved to the State Capitol where they met directly with their legislators to discuss ways to improve children’s health in Colorado. Many of the participants were motivated to take action because of health challenges their own children have faced.

Read our press release for more details, and see photos from the day on Facebook and Flickr.

Speak Up for Kids’ Health at the Capitol

Speak Up for Kids’ Health at the Capitol is just around the corner! Reserve your spot now to ensure that children’s health is a priority as lawmakers craft policy impacting the lives of children and families. Child health advocates, including parents, service providers and other community members, will explore the latest issues in child health policy making, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers. The event will be on April 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and complimentary child care provided. We’ll start and end the day at History Colorado Center (1200 Broadway in Denver) and take a trip to the Colorado State Capitol to observe democracy in action. The Colorado Children’s Campaign and Children’s Hospital Colorado are co-sponsors along with media partner 7News/TheDenverChannel.com.

Hear what other child advocates are saying about Speak Up for Kids’ Health by visiting Colorado Moms and Mile High Mamas.

Reserve Your Spot NOW for Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol

Decisions about your child’s health are too important to be left to others! Sign up now to attend the free Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol to ensure that children’s health is a priority as lawmakers craft policy impacting the lives of children and families. Child health advocates, including parents, service providers and other community members, will explore the latest issues in child health policymaking, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers. The event will be on April 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and complimentary child care provided. We’ll start and end the day at History Colorado Center (1200 Broadway in Denver) and take a trip to the Colorado State Capitol to observe democracy in action and reach out to state lawmakers. The Colorado Children’s Campaign and Children’s Hospital Colorado are co-sponsors along with media partner 7News/TheDenverChannel.com.

Community organizations are invited to sign on as partners to help promote Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol. Partner organizations agree to spread the word to their members in exchange for sharing a brochure or give-away in participant tote bags. For more information or to learn how your organization can be involved, please contact Jacy Montoya Price at 303-620-4527 or jacy@coloradokids.org.

Register now for Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol on April 23

Ensure that children’s health is a priority as lawmakers craft policy impacting the lives of children and families by registering today for the upcoming Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol. Child health advocates, including parents, service providers and other community members, will explore the latest issues in child health policymaking, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers. Co-hosted by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Children’s Hospital Colorado, the event will be on April 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and complimentary child care provided. We’ll start and end the day at History Colorado (1200 Broadway in Denver) and take a trip to the Colorado State Capitol to observe democracy in action and reach out to state lawmakers. 

Community organizations are invited to sign on as partners to help promote Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol. Partner organizations agree to spread the word to their members in exchange for sharing a brochure or give-away in participant tote bags. For more information or to learn how your organization can be involved, please contact Jacy Montoya Price at 303-620-4527 or jacy@coloradokids.org.

Listen to the Buell Leaders’ radio show to learn more about our recent Early Childhood Advocacy Day and hear how other advocates are making their voices heard.

Early Childhood Advocates Speak Up at Colorado Capitol

Early childhood advocates, including parents, service providers and others, gathered at the Colorado State Capitol today to explore the latest issues in early childhood policymaking, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers to ensure Colorado’s youngest children are at the forefront of their minds as they craft policy impacting the lives of children and families.

Early Childhood Advocacy Day was co-hosted by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning to raise the voices of parents, caregivers and early childhood professionals. The event was also supported by 30 partner organizations.

“I know my kids, my families and how to serve them—but this is something that I don’t know about,” said Deb Hartman, Program Director for South Central Council of Governments Early Learning Center in Trinidad. “Today I learned I can become an advocate on another level, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to go to another level for my families.”

For more: See photos of the event here, read our press release and don’t forget to listen to the Buell Leaders’ radio show on Early Childhood Advocacy Day on March 5.

Missed out? Registration opens today for Speak Up For Kids’ Health Day, April 23. Watch for updates in KidsFlash.

 

Last Chance to Register for Early Childhood Advocacy Day

Online registration for the upcoming Early Childhood Advocacy Day on Feb. 28 closes at midnight this Sunday, Feb. 24. Ensure that Colorado’s youngest children are a priority as lawmakers craft policy impacting the lives of children and families by REGISTERING TODAY. Early childhood advocates, including parents, service providers and other community members, will explore the latest issues in early childhood policymaking, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers. Keynote speakers include Sen. Jessie Ulibarri (D-Commerce City) and Rep. Amy Stevens (R-Monument). Co-hosted by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning, the event will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and complimentary child care provided. We’ll start and end the day at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., and take a trip to the Colorado State Capitol to observe democracy in action and reach out to state lawmakers.

Already registered? Click here for a notice on three things to do before next Thursday, Feb. 28th to make sure that you get the most from your day at the Capitol.

Early Childhood Focus of Buell Leaders Radio Show on March 5

Early childhood advocacy will be the focus of a Buell Leaders Radio show at noon on March 5. The show will feature Charlotte Brantley (President and CEO, Clayton Early Learning), Jennifer Landrum (VP Early Childhood Initiatives, Colorado Children’s Campaign) and Molly Yost (Policy Specialist, Clayton Early Learning) exploring key legislation this session of the Colorado Legislature and the significance of the Feb. 28 Early Childhood Advocacy Day. The podcast is a project of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Network. Click here to listen live at noon March 5 or to download a copy from iTunes.

Click here to register for Early Childhood Advocacy Day.

Register now for Early Childhood Advocacy Day on Feb. 28

Ensure that Colorado’s youngest children are a priority as lawmakers craft policy impacting the lives of children and families by registering today for the upcoming Early Childhood Advocacy Day on Feb. 28. Early childhood advocates, including parents, service providers and other community members, will explore the latest issues in early childhood policymaking, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers. Co-hosted by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning, the event will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and complimentary child care. We’ll start and end the day at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., and take a trip to the Colorado State Capitol to observe democracy in action and reach out to state lawmakers.

Community organizations are invited to sign on as partners to help promote Early Childhood Advocacy Day. Partner organizations agree to spread the word to their members in exchange for sharing a brochure or give-away in participant tote-bags. For more information or to learn how your organization can be involved, please contact Jacy Montoya Price at 303-620-4527 or jacy@coloradokids.org.

Registration Open for Feb. 28 Early Childhood Advocacy Day

Reserve your spot today for the upcoming Early Childhood Advocacy Day, Feb. 28 in Denver. Early childhood advocates will explore the latest issues in early childhood policymaking, learn new advocacy skills and reach out to lawmakers to ensure Colorado’s youngest children are a priority as they craft policy impacting the lives of children and families. Click here to register.

Co-hosted by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning, the event will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and complimentary child care. We’ll start and end the day at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., with trips in between to the Colorado State Capitol to observe democracy in action and reach out to state lawmakers. Partner organizations are needed to help get the word out. For more information or to learn how your organization can be involved, please contact Jacy Montoya Price at 303-620-4527 or jacy@coloradokids.org.