KenCrest’s long-term advocacy goal is to advance social policies and develop solutions that support early intervention and education, target and strengthen families, and promote the full inclusion of individuals in their communities.
Our agency’s government relations advocacy initiatives span a wide range and include voter outreach and education, raising awareness of important issues, and influencing support or opposition for a particular cause or policy. Engagement with elected officials is important because it enables and empowers KenCrest and other organizations, as well individual citizens, to influence public policy at every level of government. It is through education, advocacy, and civic engagement that KenCrest will succeed in its mission. Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Kinsey is pictured center in the photo on the right with the KenCrest team at a local event.
Learn more about KenCrest’s advocacy initiatives, understand what you can do, and get involved!
What Can You Do?
Advocacy in Action
This past spring, Senator Bob Casey visited the KenCrest North Early Learning Center in Philadelphia to raise awareness for child care affordability. The roundtable event included regional advocates, teachers, and child care professionals. Senator Casey emphasized the importance of the Child Care for Working Families Act, an early learning and child care bill that would establish a new federal-state funding partnership to provide high-quality, affordable child care from birth through age 13. KenCrest’s advocacy efforts, whether through roundtables, policy forums, or legislative visits, help raise awareness and give our organization a strong voice in government. Thank you for joining the KenCrest team this summer for our advocacy event. The photo to the left features Representatives Thomas Quigley (far left) and Marcy Topel (far right).
The first step for families and self-advocates is to understand who in government represents them, what the issues are, and how they can play a role in forming overall public policy.
Get Out and Vote
Voting is a simple and easy way to implement real change in politics. Voting ensures the individuals who represent the issues and causes in government accurately reflect the voice of the people in the creation of policies, laws, and processes in our government.
The links below provide information on how to register to vote, check your registration status, and find more information on dates and deadlines.
Know Who Your Representatives Are
Get acquainted with the legislators who represent you and better understand their positions on current and proposed public policies at all levels of government by visiting:
View KenCrest’s public policy priorities to learn more about our legislative agenda. – COMING SOON!
In 2016, the Giving Voice Advocacy Fund was established to provide training and support for self-advocates, their families, and staff. We are equipping our stakeholders to know the issues that affect their lives and to make their voices heard. You can support the Giving Voice Advocacy Fund here.
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KenCrest is a member or partner with key local, state, and national associations that help further our advocacy mission.