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Steps to Taking Action:
Step 1.  Invite your state house member and state senator member to visit your program.  Not sure who they are?  Go to the IHSA website, Find My State and Federal Representatives.  Select find my “state and federal representative”.  Enter your address, push “find my address”.  Then push okay and then confirm.  You will have the name of your state senator and state house member, their phone number and email address.  You will need to send out two invites, one for your State Senator and one for your State House Member.  Personalize the sample letter and send to their respective email address or by snail mail to the address provided.  Don’t give up if they don’t reply, sometimes I need to contact them three times before they reply.  Be persistent because it’s important! 
Step 2:  Plan the program visit and activities that will leave a lasting, positive impression. Use the sample visit plan to get started!  Wondering, what to do while they are onsite?  While your elected official is on-site, you can take them on a tour of the facility, have them read to the children, and hear from community partners.
Step 3:  Use the press advisory template to invite your local newspaper and TV stations to cover this special occasion. Be sure to personalize the advisory.

Step 4:  Thank your member and all who accompanied him or her. Use the “two Ps” to say thank you: Post pictures from the visit on social media and tag your members to thank them.  Personally thank them using this letter template.

There YOU have it – everything you need!  I would love to help you do any of these steps.  Just reach out and let me know what else you need!  We can do the leg work and support you.  What’s important is that we do this!  We are tracking visits so we can gauge how we are doing.  So send me an email to let me know your progress.  For the next three weeks I will send out, on Friday afternoons, an email to let you know the progress we are making across the state. 


Head Start depends upon increased AWARENESS!

Schedule your State Legislators to come in and visit your programs as soon as possible.