Reminder: Thursday is Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Children’s Advocacy Day is this Thursday! The day kicks of with a rally in the Capitol Rotunda at 10:00 AM and activities run through 3:00 PM. After the rally, attendees are free to eat lunch in the cafeteria, learn more about the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children agenda items, meet with legislators, sit-in on committee meetings, and sit-in on a House or Senate meeting. If you are planning on attending, please don’t forget to register!

If you have registered to attend, please take a moment to review the things below, in order to have a smooth and successful trip to the Capitol:

  • Make sure everyone in your group registers in advance, to help us prepare enough materials for everyone.
  • Preview the Children’s Advocacy Day Booklet (pdf), which includes the day’s agenda, a child advocate to-do list, a map of the Capitol, the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children agenda and fact sheets on all seven agenda items. Additionally, each fact sheet identifies actions that you can take today to support these issues.
  • If you are interested in meeting with a legislator, make an appointment as soon as possible. Please do not wait until the day you arrive to try to get an appointment! You may want to become familiar with your legislator’s picture so you can pick them out. Check Project Vote Smartor the Legislative Research Commission website to learn who represents you. Call 502-564-8100 to schedule an appointment.
  • This year, we will be delivering Step Up for Kids Notes (pdf) to legislators, asking them to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children agenda. These will be available at the registration tables next week. However, if you know of partners, local coalitions, fellow employees, students, clients, or parents who can not attend, have them fill them out for you to deliver. They are available online, here. Simply print, cut, and deliver.
  • Be prepared to show a photo ID (drivers license) when you enter the building.
  • Wear comfortable shoes!
  • Find directions to the Capitol, from your starting location, here.
  • Free parking is available in the parking garage next to the Capitol Annex Building (entrance is off of Route 420). Also, the city of Frankfort is kindly offering bus transportation to assist people in avoiding the tough parking situation and anxiety about getting to the Capitol. The bus will be at the parking lot on the corner of Broadway and Wilkinson Boulevard (The Franklin County Farmers Market Parking Lot). Trips to the Capitol will be made at 9:00 and 9:30 AM, and trips from the Capitol, back to the parking lot will be made at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM. Directions can be found here.
  • Lunch can be purchased in the cafeteria in the basement of the Annex (inexpensive but expect lines) and snacks can be purchased at the snack bar in the basement of the Annex if you decide not to bring a sack lunch.

Questions? Contact Whitney Neal at wneal@kyyouth.org or 502-895-8167 x 121.

Thanks to the Children’s Advocacy Day Sponsors

4C for Children

Bellewood Presbyterian Home for Children

Brooklawn Child & Family Services

Buckhorn Child & Family Services

Child Care Council of Kentucky

Child Victims Trust Fund

Children, Inc.

Children’s Alliance

Children’s Champions of Madison County

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky

Children’s Law Center

Citizen Foster Care Review  Board

City of Manchester

Community Coordinated Child Care, 4-C

Council of Agency Executives

CoventryCares of KY

Eastern KY Child Care Coalition

EKU Educational Extension Agents

Family & Children’s Place

First Focus

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Gateway Children’s Services

Generations United’s   Seniors4Kids

Home of the Innocents

Jefferson County Community Early Childhood Council

Kentucky Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Kentucky Alliance of YMCAs

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs

Kentucky Chapter of the  American Academy of Pediatrics

Kentucky Conference United  Methodist Women

                     Kentucky Dietetic Association

Kentucky Division for Early Childhood

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association

Kentucky Guardian Ad Litem Association, Inc.

Kentucky PTA

Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children

Kentucky Protection &  Advocacy

Kentucky School Boards Association

Kentucky Spirit Health Plan

Kentucky Youth Advocates

Kosair Charities

Kosair Children’s Hospital

Metro United Way

NECCO

National Council of Jewish Women, Louisville Section

Network Center for Community Change

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

PNC Foundation

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

Prichard Committee

Purchase Area Health Education Center

Save the Children

St. Joseph Children’s Home

Sunrise Children’s Services

The Adanta Group Community Mental Health Center

United Way of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

United Way of Kentucky

United Way of the Bluegrass

West Kentucky Children’s Health Coalition

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