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Toolbox for Advocates

Effective advocacy requires knowledge about the different legislative and regulatory processes, work with the media, and strong coalitions. The Toolbox provides information for advocates, working together, to promote excellence in early childhood education. NOTE: Most advocates work with or for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations which have legal limits on what they can and cannot do with regard to the separate activities of (1) lobbying and (2) political activities. A legal memo, included in the toolbox, should be read by everyone who engages in any level of advocacy.

Programs and Services Team

Voter Information

The Federal Legislative Process

Questions and Answers on new federal programs.

(For official regulations, guidance or notice of applications, please check with the U.S. Department of Education at