WHY should communities prioritize the needs of children 0-5?
The reasons are endless, but here are three of the most important:
WHAT do we advocate for when it comes to young children and their families?
First 5 SLO County uses two important guides that help focus the work of giving a voice to young children and their needs. The Children’s Bill of Rights for San Luis Obispo County lays out a clear statement of what our community envisions for its youngest residents. First 5 Advocacy activities within the Strategic Plan spotlight societal challenges that affect young children, with a goal to build public awareness, increase community investment and/or enact new laws. First 5 SLO County also endorses a statewide Policy Agenda established by the First 5 Association of California.
HOW do we advocate?
We raise public awareness on topics affecting young children. Here are four examples:
We partner with parents, civic and business leaders to build the best possible supports for young children, including county and city government, school districts, chambers of commerce and foundations.
And we develop and raise a unified voice for early childhood together with families and with professionals in multiple sectors, including health, education, employment and housing.
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