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Kids Count Coalition Advocacy Resources

The Arkansas Kids Count Coalition, led by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, works to raise awareness about pressing policy issues impacting children and to teach people how to lobby and advocate. The coalition will be updating this page throughout the year to provide tips and resources to help you achieve your advocacy goals to improve the lives of kids in our state.

Let’s aspire as we start 2022!

January

February

March

April

May

This month’s action is very important, go vote! Tuesday May 24th, is Primary Election Day.

Visit Arkansas VoterView to find out where to vote and view sample ballots to learn ahead of time the issues and races you will be voting on.

Voting locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. As long as you are in line to vote before closing time, you are allowed to vote.

These organizations can assist you if you cannot access your polling place, are turned away from voting, or have other issues when exercising your right to vote:

– American Civil Liberties Union Voter Protection Hotline:

  877-523-2792

– Disability Rights Arkansas: 800-482-1174

– Election Protection Coalition Helpline: 866-687-8683

– Para Español: Si se encuentra con dificultades al votar y

  necesita ayuda en Español, por favor contacte a Arkansas

  Unidos: 479-763-2822

June

Time to start planning

In the coming months advocacy groups around the state, including Kids Count convener Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, will make plans for their 2023 legislative advocacy. You’ll hear from them about new laws they hope to pass and how you can advocate with them.

But there are many advocates, including maybe you, who already have specific new laws they want to lobby for. And the summer is a great time to make a plan for how you will advocate at the state Capitol and in your community for some of the policies you support. Planning ahead can help ensure that kids have a voice at the state Capitol. Because like we always say, laws are made by the people who show up. And if we show up for kids at the Capitol, we can make great things happen! But it can take time, sometimes many years, and it takes a plan.

To make your plan, you can watch this training recording by Rebecca Zimmermann, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Community Engagement Director, on how to create an advocacy plan that works best for you or your organization. Arkansas Advocates also created the Countdown: 10 Types of Policy Advocacy guide to give you ideas of some of the many ways you can advocate for (or against) a law. You can also watch this training that dives deeper into one of those methods, issue-based election advocacy, which is a great form of advocacy to use for the remainder of 2022.

If you have questions after watching the trainings, you can schedule a meeting with Rebecca. Just send her an email at rzimmermann@aradvocates.org.

Education Advocacy Month

In July, the Arkansas Kids Count Coalition and Arkansas Advocates will also be celebrating what we are calling “Education Advocacy Month.” We will host virtual events, release new research, and share other important information online to help you advocate at many different levels of government for your child’s education and for all Arkansas kids. 

Register today for these two great events.

K-12 Education Advocacy-What decisions are made where
When: Thursday, July 7 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom Webinar
Learn more and register

Early Childhood Education and Arkansas’s Workforce Virtual Forum
When: Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom Meeting
Learn more and register