The Invest Early Coalition is a group of parents, educators, businesses, faith communities, and organizations who are committed to working together to improve education, health, and well-being for children during their most formative years (ages 0-5). The following committees will lead the Coalition’s work from July 2018 to May 2019.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE


-Hold meetings/calls with committee members monthly (or more);
-Develop a communications plan to support the Invest Early policy agenda. Activities may include:
-Help create print and digital materials, e.g., infographics, videos, one-pagers;
-Develop a social media campaign campaign;
Share messaging about the Invest Early Coalition and early childhood issues using social media, e-newsletters, face-to-face, etc.;
-Write sample op-eds and letters to the editor for various authors and help with media placement;
-Arrange local television and radio appearances to discuss the Coalition’s efforts; and
-Summarize the Coalition’s successes and challenges after the 2019 legislative session.


POLICY & ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

-Hold meetings/calls with committee members monthly (or more);
-Develop a legislative and administrative advocacy plan to support the Invest Early policy agenda. Activities may include:
-Help develop and disseminate advocacy materials;
-Work with Arkansas’ Ounce of Prevention team and DHS to develop or improve policies as needed;
-Attend legislative and agency committee meetings and hearings;
-Write legislative updates for Communications Committee to share;
-Meet with legislators about policy agenda;
-Present to legislators about the importance of early childhood investments;
-Launch postcard campaign targeted to legislators;
-Plan “thank you” campaign for legislators after the 2019 session; and
-Ensure that the Coalition’s work addresses racial and gender equity and inclusion.
 

OUTREACH COMMITTEE

-Hold meetings/calls with committee members monthly (or more);
-Develop a statewide outreach plan to share the Invest Early policy agenda and use the Communication Committee’s tools to garner support and recruit additional members. Activities may include:
-Activate networks throughout the campaign: providers, business leaders, faith communities, parents, grassroots organizations and advocates, etc.;
-Coordinate site visits to early childhood programs with state legislators and influencers;
-Organize coalition members for “Kids Count Day at the Capitol” and other events before and during the 2019 legislative session; and
-Coordinate presentations to local organizations, e.g., Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce.

 
RESEARCH & DATA COMMITTEE
-Hold meetings/calls with committee members monthly (or more);
-Develop a research and data improvement plan to support the Invest Early agenda. Activities may include:
-Working with Arkansas’ Ounce of Prevention team, DHS, and other partners to improve early childhood data systems; and
-Developing talking points and fact sheets about data and research in Arkansas and across the country, to make the case for our advocacy agenda.

REGIONAL ADVOCACY COORDINATORS

Recruit and develop a network of support at the regional or local level to:

-Help arrange early childhood education program site visits with legislators, business leaders, and influencers in your area;
-Assist with local event planning and presentations and event follow up;
-Capture photos and video from local events to share with the coalition and media;
-Recruit new Invest Early Coalition Members in your area;
-Assist in “letter to the editor” campaign to local papers; and
-Thank legislators in your districts.

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* 1. Full Name

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* 2. Organization 

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* 3. City/County

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* 4. Email address

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* 5. Phone Number

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* 6. Which committee(s) are you interested in being on?

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* 7. Would you like to become a regional coordinator?

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* 8. Why do you want to join the committee?

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