Advocacy

Thrivalaska advocates for children, families and early childhood educators! Early childhood services are a necessity allowing parents of young children to more effectively participate in the workforce and go to school. Healthy communities need working families and working families need child care. Quality early childhood services are important not only for the positive growth of every child, but to the overall quality of life in our community. 60% of children in Alaska have both parents in the workforce. It is more cost effective to build strong children than to repair broken adults.

By building a culture of advocacy at Thrivalaska, we elevate the status of the early care and education profession. Advocating is another way to show you care about children and families. Quality early care and education is critical to building healthy brains, a strong economy and a secure future for Alaska. The brain develops at its fastest rate during the first 5 years of life. The environment, people and activities a child experiences during this time have a huge impact on their school readiness. Research shows that children who receive high quality early care and education are more likely to be healthy, graduate from high school and be successful in life.

What you can do?

  1. Talk positively about Thrivalaska and any early care and education program or service
  2. Educate others and make noise often
  3. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of high quality early care and education programs
  4. Visit a high quality early childhood program
  5. Send emails or write letters/postcards to legislators
  6. Give presentations or have small group/committee discussions
  7. Attend events at the Legislative Information Office
  8. Invite legislators to a meeting
  9. Support public investment in early education – parents, staff and business leaders make powerful messengers in support of early education

Alicia Berka Executive Director
1949 Gillam Way, Suite F
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: 479-0900 x261
Fax: 479-9035