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6 Simple Steps For Hosting Your Member of Congress

April 6th, join Head Start programs around the country in celebrating Head Start's 50th Anniversary by participating in Every Word Counts: Head Start and Congress Read Together! Invite your Member of Congress to visit your Head Start center and read a book with your classroom. 

 

Follow the six simple steps below to have a spectacular Congressional visit! 

  1. Send this invitation to your Member of Congress. If you do not receive a response in one week, call to follow-up. 
    Why this is important: A Member of Congress will not know to attend the event Every Word Counts: Head Start and Congress Read Together! unless you send them an invitation. This is the first step in building the relationship.
  2. Once your Member is confirmed, plan their visit to your program: What are you going to show them, what will you say to them, which classroom will they read to? 
    Why this is important:  Members have a limited amount of time to spend with each constituent they visit.  You want to be prepared so they are able to see  everything you want to show them. Click here for an example of a visit schedule.  
  3. Take lots of pictures, share them on social media and tag your Member of Congress (HouseSenate and NHSA)! 
    Why this is importantResearch shows that Members of Congress pay attention to comments on social media. Posting pictures and tagging your member - so it is brought to their attention - will raise awareness of the importance of Head Start in your community.
  4. Enjoy a spectacular Congressional visit: Check out these talking points to help keep the conversation going.! 
    Why this is important: You've worked hard! Enjoy it!
  5. Share the event with your local press! Send this press release to your favorite local education reporter and talk radio show and let them know you hosted your Member of Congress at your Head Start center to help close the word gap!   
    Why this is important: Local press helps your program and your Member of Congress gain recognition for the great work you are doing!
  6. Using this template thank your Member of Congress for visiting
    Why this is important: This is your opportunity to close the loop with your Member, build your relationship and provide them with any additional information they may have asked for on their visit.

 

If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact Kati Jackson at kjackson@nhsa.org.