Where Do I Go To Advocate For Children and Families?

Every individual can play a role in shaping policies and practices that serve the children and families of New Hampshire. The resources provided below will help you partner with statewide and national organizations in order to advocate for children and families. These resources will provide you with the information, data, and tools in order to speak up for children’s rights and overall well-being.

How Can I Use Child Care Aware of America’s (CCAoA) State Fact Sheets for Advocacy?

CCAoA spends a lot of time hashing out the best language to use to be sure that our messaging is relevant, appropriate, and research-informed. Click here for ideas on how to use CCAoA’s most recent, research-based resource, the 2018 State Fact Sheets to advocate for change.

Statewide Child and Family Advocacy Groups: The organizations and agencies listed below are child and family advocacy groups found in the state of New Hampshire.

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Child and Family Services – The NH Children’s Lobby

The NH Children’s Lobby is the advocacy wing of Child and Family Services. The program’s mission is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through legislative, judicial and public policy initiatives.

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My Voice Matters

My Voice Matters provides resources for families to advocate in their community and at a statewide level.

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New Futures Kids Count

New Futures Kids Count focuses on collecting and disseminating state-level data, policy recommendations, and tools for legislators, public officials, and advocates to advance policies for NH children and families.

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New Hampshire Children’s Trust

New Hampshire Children’s Trust strives to improve systems and public policies to support healthy outcomes for children and eliminate child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire.

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Save the Children Action Network

Save the Children Action Network builds bipartisan bill and voter support to make sure every child in NH has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child dies from a preventable disease or illness.

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Smart Start New Hampshire

Smart Start is a coalition that works at the state level to advocate for child-positive legislation and representatives to ensure that NH supports its current and future workforce with access to quality, affordable childcare and further strategies for healthy child development.

Spark NH

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Spark NH

Spark NH is the Governor-appointed Early Childhood Advisory Council for NH and there are 10 recommended actions Spark NH is implementing.

The Policy Committee coordinates the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for early childhood in NH and collaborates with state agency and policy leaders to identify and support changes in policy.

National Child and Family Advocacy Groups: The organizations and agencies listed below are national child and family advocacy groups. 

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Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware® of America’s advocacy efforts are grassroots-inspired and research-based. We undertake research on the child care landscape, while advocating for child care policies that improve the access and affordability of quality child care for all families.

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Child Care Works

A movement that mobilizes individuals at the local, state, and federal level to make child care a priority through legislative victories, and by shifting public opinion about the urgent need for improved child care.

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Children’s Defense Fund

Children’s Defense Fund provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments.

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Children’s Leadership Council

The Children’s Leadership Council is a coalition of leading policy and advocacy organizations that are working every day to improve the health, education and well-being of children and youth in order to prepare them for school, work, and life.

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Child Welfare League of America

Child Welfare League of America is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies that since works to serve children and families who are vulnerable. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children across the country.

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First Five Years Fund

The First Five Years Fund provides policymakers, advocates, business leaders and the public with the research and information necessary to make informed investments in quality early childhood development, birth to age five.

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First Focus

First Focus is a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decision.

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National Center for Children in Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) uses research to inform policy and practice and is dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

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National Child Abuse Coalition

The National Child Abuse Coalition has become a resource for advocacy and a focal point for leadership and strategy on legislative issues in child maltreatment.

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Zero to Three

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is an independent, non-partisan research-based voice that educates the public and political leaders about the unique developmental needs of babies and toddlers. We advance policy solutions designed to support and strengthen families, raise awareness and promote action on behalf of babies and toddlers.


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