Meeting with your legislator
- Bring resources. You can use a fact sheet available in our resources section or make your own.
- Send a follow-up email. If your meeting is virtual, use email to provide references and contact information.
- Be sure to say thank you. You can send an email or mail a handwritten note.
- Tag them on social media. Consider taking a photo with the legislator and share it on social media.
- Create an agenda. Assign specific segments of the conversation to different people on your team.
- Don’t forget the facts. Sharing data about child care makes personal stories even more powerful.
- Prepare a two-minute elevator pitch. Be ready with a quick two-minute pitch in case your meeting is cut short.
- Be the expert. Don’t assume the legislator or their staff know about child care. Be ready to educate and inform.
- Keep it personal…and local. Share stories that relate to your experience and talk about the needs of your community.
Sample Meeting Agenda:
- Introduce yourself and other members of the group. Include your name, your organization/role, and the town where you live and/or work.
- Briefly tell the legislator and/or their staff about yourself or your organization. Share the mission of your organization and how it is connected to child care and early learning.
- Discuss the policy issue or piece of legislation that interests you. Consider using the Hook-Line-Sinker approach for structuring your conversation.
Step 1: The HOOK
A hook introduces you, your background, and the issue you are focusing on. Let people know the reason you are speaking to them.
Step 2: The LINE
Tell a story about how the issue has affected you and why you care. The line is most effective if you make it personal.
Step 3: The SINKER
Sink the message with your audience or target by letting them know specifically what you want and what they can do to make your goals a reality.
- Make a clear ask. Be specific about what you want your legislator to do.
- Share the resources you brought with you. If additional questions remain, let them know how you will be following up or responding.
- Thank the legislator and/or their staff for the meeting.