Public Policy

Resources For Parents and Child Care Providers

CHS believes in empowering parents and child care providers with the knowledge and tools to advocate for their children’s best interests, education, and well-being. The following organizations promote parent leadership and community engagement.

Parents Anonymous: Parents Anonymous is a national family strengthening organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. Parents Anonymous promotes parent leadership through national certification. The group organizes local support groups for parents and youth, and offers a National Parent Hotline.


Parent Voices: Parent Voices is a parent-run, parent-led grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable to all families. Parent Voices works throughout California to improve access to child care for all families in their communities, in California, and in the United States. Local chapters of Parent Voices are housed at child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&R’s). Parent Voices combines leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing in its efforts to increase funding, improve quality, and provide better access to child care.


Funding the Next Generation: Funding the Next Generation is a state-wide organization dedicated to strengthening and leveraging local capacity and commitment for investing in children, youth and families so that the next generation becomes an ongoing community priority. The organization provides technical assistance to local groups of stakeholders to develop new dedicated revenue streams to fund effective services for children, youth and families in cities and counties throughout California.


National Parent Leadership Institute: The National Parent Leadership Institute provides leadership training for parents who wish to improve the lifelong health, safety, and learning for children, and how to become change agents for the next generation. The Parent Leadership Training Institute is offered in Solano County, CA.


Child Abuse Prevention Councils and Child Care and Development Planning Councils: Parents and child care providers can become involved at the county level in issues impacting the quality of child welfare and child care programs through their local Child Abuse Prevention Council and Child Care and Development Planning Council. Child Abuse Prevention Councils are community councils whose primary purpose is to coordinate the community’s efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse. Community representatives are included on the council. Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils serve as a forum to address the child care needs of all families in the community for all types of child care. Consumers, including parents and child care providers, are represented on these councils. The councils encourage public input in the development of local child care priorities. They also foster partnerships between county departments, nonprofits, child care providers, and parents.

See more about Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils:

See more about Child Abuse Prevention Councils and other prevention efforts at the county level here:


State Advisory Council for Early Learning and Care: At the state level, the State Advisory Council for Early Learning and Care is governor-appointed leadership body that ensures statewide collaboration among early childhood programs that aim to help to define future policy for children birth to kindergarten. Stakeholders in early learning and members of the public are invited to participate in council meetings.


Advocacy Resources for Child Care Professionals and Parents: Numerous advocacy organizations exist at the national and state levels, many of which provide information, analysis, policy prescriptions, and other resources for use by various stakeholders, including parents and providers, in advocacy work. Some notable examples include:

The First Five Years Fund: The First Five Years Fund provides information, advocacy and outreach materials that help advance federal investment in quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children from birth to age five.

National Center for Children in Poverty: The National Center for Children in Poverty is one of the nation’s leading public policy centers dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. The Center promotes family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.

The Alliance for Early Childhood Finance: The Alliance for Early Childhood Finance is committed to ensuring that all American children have access to high-quality early care and education services and the supports their families need to thrive as parents and workers. They also offer a library of resources on policies related to pre-kindergarten, system development, and work and family.

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP): CLASP a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people. CLASP advocates for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of poor people, and create ladders to economic security for all. Child welfare, child care, and early education are among the issues taken up by CLASP.

Kids Count: The Annie E. Casey Kids County Data Center offers data on child and family well-being in the United States. Data is available at the national, state, and local levels. Access hundreds of indicators, download data, and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.

Children Now: Children Now is the leading non-partisan national, state and local research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving children's overall well-being. The organization coordinates The Children’s Movement of California to educate, organize, and mobilize the extensive number of organizations in communities throughout the state that support children’s well-being either directly or indirectly. Children Now offers state and local data on child well-being, other data and reports on various topics, and parenting resources.

The National Institute for Early Education Research: The NIEER offers publications and research on a variety of issues related to early childhood education quality and access at the national level.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children: The NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. The NAEYC offers professional development, early childhood accreditation, resources, and events for early childhood professionals. They also engage in advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels through 300 regional affiliate chapters.

The California Budget and Policy Center: The California Budget & Policy Center engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. The Center addresses issues at the state level of child care and preschool, education, and health and human services, and offers reports and other resources to support advocacy efforts:

First 5 California: First 5 California works to convene, partner in, support, and help lead the movement to create and implement a comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated system for California's children prenatal through age 5 and their families. First 5 strives to promote, support, and optimize early childhood development. Your local First 5 commission will promote these goals in your county. First 5 California engages in advocacy at the state level:

Zero to Three: ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. The organization provides state and national level information and resources to be an effective advocate.

An Ounce of Prevention Fund: The Ounce of Prevention Fund gives children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest-quality care and education from birth to age five. The Ounce partners with advocacy organizations to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs. They offer advocacy tools for parents and early childhood providers, including an advocacy toolkit:

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