Informed Advocacy in Early Childhood Care and Education: Making a Difference for Young Children and Families, 1st edition

Published by Pearson (August 27, 2008) © 2009

  • Judith E. Kieff

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“Connections” features begin each chapter and links the reader with the content of the chapter through brief questions about their background knowledge and experience.
“Profile of an Advocate” vignettes describe the advocacy efforts of an early childhood professional and provide a context for the information and skills developed throughout the chapter.
Resources for Success. Each chapter ends with a summary, a list of relevant terms, suggestions for further reading, and links to advocacy resources to support a reader's understanding and application of chapter content to daily practice. Questions for reflection and/or class discussion are provided as well as suggestions for action-based projects that relate to the chapters content.

Part One, Developing Advocacy Knowledge and Skills: Taking Action in the Field of Early Childhood - lays out a definition and rationale for advocacy as a job responsibility of all early childhood professionals and describes multiple contexts for advocacy action including:

  • description of the critical need for advocacy in the field and an analysis of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment providing an initial rationale for seeing advocacy as an ethical responsibility.
  • describes six specific contexts for advocacy include advocacy for the individual child and family, advocacy for the profession, program-based advocacy, private-sector advocacy, political activism, and advocacy in the global arena.
  • description of four conditions that require advocacy for individual children and families.

Part II, Developing an Advocacy Agenda, lays out the skills involved in becoming an effective advocate including

  • the context for advocacy, stakeholder perspectives,
  • strategies useful for developing an advocacy agenda,
  • mobilizing strategies for maintaining an advocacy agenda,
  • the importance of networking to successful advocacy efforts, 
  • a  worksheet for developing the agenda,
  • a description of three important contexts for advocacy within the field,  
  • and a review of the process of policy development at the state and federal level and description of how advocates can influence this development.
Part III, Advocacy as Lifestyle, discusses how advocacy often becomes a part of the everyday life and teaching of many effective advocates including the importance of “thinking globally but acting locally” and a chapter on Volunteerism as Advocacy.

Informed Advocacy in Early Childhood Care and Education: Making a Difference for Young Children and Families


PART I:   Advocacy in Field of Child Development and Early Childhood Education


Chapter 1:  Building a Case for Advocacy

Chapter 2: Contexts for Advocacy

Chapter 3: Working with Families to Advocate for their Children

Chapter 4: Advocacy for Our Profession and Programs and within the Private Sector  

Chapter 5:Political Activism

Part II: Developing an Advocacy Agenda

Chapter 6: Becoming Informed

Chapter 7: Choosing Strategies

Chapter 8: Getting connected; Staying the Course

PART III: Advocacy as Lifestyle 

Chapter 9: Advocacy in the Global Community

Chapter 10: Volunteerism as Advocacy


Appendix A. Advocacy Planning Worksheet


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