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In 2012, 22 child advocacy organizations in 22 states worked within their states and with one another to raise child policy issues to greater attention. They produced a wealth of resource materials – from voter’s guides to candidate questionnaires to issue briefs. These resources are available for use and adaptation and organized by general category.

2012 Summary of Activities from 22 State Advocacy Organizations

State Child Advocacy Organization 2012 Electoral Activities – Child and Family Policy Center (IA)

Candidate Forums

How to Host a Community Forum 2012 – VOICES for Illinois Children

How to effectively organize a candidate forum – Partnership for Children

Contacting Candidates or Legislators

Sample Letter to Candidates – Vote for Michigan’s Children

Sample Letter to Legislators- Vote for Michigan’s Children

How to Contact Your State Legislators – VOICES for Illinois Children

District Fact Sheet’s

Kids Count in Colorado – Fact Sheet House District 19

Kids Count in Colorado – Fact Sheet Senate District 2

How are the Kids in Your New Legislative District Doing? – Children’s Action Alliance (AZ)

General Advocacy

Campaign for Kids Issues Survey 2013 – Westchester Children’s Association

Being a Voice on Behalf of Children – Vote for Michigan’s Children

Advocacy Tips for Budget Hearings – Voices for Virginia’s Children

Georgia’s Child-Serving Agencies 2012 Guide – VOICES for Georgia’s Children

Election Advocacy Toolkit – Michigan’s Children

Election Advocacy Guide for 501(c)3 Organizations – Vote for Michigan’s Children

Rules for Nonprofits and Raise Your Voice for Children – VOICES for Ohio’s Children

Child Advocacy Glossary of Terms – VOICES for Ohio’s Children

Make Kids Matter Toolkit – Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Meeting With Your Elected Officials – Children’s Action Alliance (AZ)

A Child Advocate’s Guide to Electoral Advocacy – Partnership for Children

Ways You Can Change a Child’s Life – Children’s Action Alliance (AZ)

Iowa Caucus Quick Tips – Every Child Matters in Iowa

Guide’s for Voters

Securing America’s Future Children and the 2012 Elections, National Guide – Child and Family Policy Center (IA)

2012 Voter Guide – VOICES for Utah Children

Vote for Kids! – New Mexico VOICES for Children

Tax Revenue Benefits of Health Care Reform in New Mexico – New Mexico VOICES for Children

Issue Briefs – Candidates

Early Education Issues Primer – Vote for Michigan’s Children

Graduation Issues Primer – Vote for Michigan’s Children

Children as Priorities: An issues briefing for voters and candidates in state elections – VOICES for Illinois Children

Issue Briefs – Voters

The Affordable Care Act: A Major Win for Children’s Health – VOICES for Virginia’s Children

Apple Health for Kids, No child should go without health care – Children’s Alliance (WA)

Handout for Candidates example – Children’s Alliance (WA)

Early Learning and Child Care – VOICES for Virginia’s Children

Children’s Health and the 2012 Elections – Child and Family Policy Center/Children’s Policy Coalition (IA)

Early Learning, Close the opportunity gap before it starts – Children’s Alliance (WA)

ELECTION 2012 DEBATE WATCH UPDATE: Moving America’s Children into the Spotlight – Child and Family Policy Center (IA)

End Childhood Hunger, Hungry kids can’t learn – Children’s Alliance (WA)

Early Childhood Education and ESEA Reauthorization – VOICES for Virginia’s Children

SNAP and Food Security – VOICES for Virginia’s Children

Covering All Kids, A Good First Step Toward Universal Health Care – New Mexico VOICES for Children

Making Children a Priority in the 2012 Elections – VOICES for Michigan’s Children

Oral Health – Children’s Alliance (WA)

Federal Budget Breakdown Impacts Children, Families and Non-Defense Jobs – VOICES for Virginia’s Children

Third Grade Reading – VOICES for Michigan’s Children

Untapped Potential, Early Learning Investments in South Dakota – South Dakota Coalition for Children

Where Michigan Children Stand This Election Season – VOICES for Michigan’s Children

Leave Behinds

Securing America’s – and Iowa’s – Future, Fact Sheet – Child and Family Policy Center

Messaging

ACA recommended talking points – First Focus

Making Children a National Priority, Strategic Messaging – First Focus

Newsletters

Fall/Winter 2012 Newsletter – South Dakota VOICES for Children

Summer 2012 Newsletter – Good Beginnings Alliance (HI)

Letter’s to the Editor and Op-Eds

Writing a Letter to the Editor – Vote for Michigan’s Children

America’s future (our kids) still largely missing in presidential campaign – Charles Bruner, Child and Family Policy Center (IA)

Party Platforms

National Party Platforms and America’s Children, 2012 – Child and Family Policy Center (IA)

Child Policy Positions and Planks in the 2012 Iowa Republican and Democratic Party Platforms – Every Child Counts (IA)

Policy Priorities Brochure

Policy Priorities, 2013 – Children’s Action Alliance (AZ)

Polling

Select Voter Survey Questions and Responses on Children – Child and Family Policy Center (IA)

2014 poll on kids issues and CHIP – First Focus

First Focus Frequency Questionnaire, 2011 – Greenberg Quinlan Research

Mason-Dixon Virginia Survey Results – Every Child Matters Education Fund

Questionnaires to Candidates – Federal

Congressional Questions in final Voter Guide format (Iowa) – Child and Family Policy Center/Children’s Policy Coalition (IA)

Presidential Questions and Responses, President Obama

Candidate Questionnaire – The Children’s Agenda (NY)

Questionnaires to Candidates – State

Legislative Candidate Questionnaire, 2012 – Children’s Action Alliance (AZ)

Questions to Ask Candidates – Federal

Seven Questions Voters Should Ask – and Candidates Should Answer – About America’s Future – Child and Family Policy Center/Children’s Policy Coalition (IA)

Questions for Congressional Candidates – VOICES for Georgia’s Children

Stand up for Children, Federal Candidate Questions – VOICES for Illinois Children

Questions to Ask Candidates – State

Questions to Ask Your Candidates – Children First for Oregon

5 questions you can ask a candidate! – Children’s Alliance (WA)

Questions for Voters to Ask at Candidate Forums, Events or Meetings – Vote For Kids New York

2012 Candidate Responses – Westchester Children’s Association

Gubernatorial Forum on Kids Follow Up Questions – Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire

Questions for State House and Senate Candidates – VOICES for Georgia’s Children

Stand up for Children, State Candidate Questions – VOICES for Illinois Children

Report Cards

2012 Legislative Wrap-Up and Report Card for Kids – Children’s Action Alliance (AZ)

2011 Children’s Defense Fund Action Council, Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard

NH Legislative Accountability for Kids – Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire

Reports

Americas Kids: Our Decisions, Their Futures, Children and the 2012 Elections – VOICES for Utah Children

Mind the Gap: Unemployment, Income, and Earnings for Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites In and Before the Great Recession – New Mexico VOICES for Children, Fiscal Policy Project

The Competition that Really Matters, Comparing Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce – Center for American Progress

Journey to Great Beginnings, An excerpt from the 2012 Candidate Connection Policy Handbook – The Children’s Campaign (FL)

Tax Revenue Benefits of Health Care Reform in New Mexico – New Mexico VOICES for Children, Fiscal Policy Project

The Well-Being of Florida’s Children, Is Our Future At Risk? – VOICES for Florida

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