Event Details

Are you passionate about issues around young children?

We are too. Advocacy is one of the three focus areas of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington. But sometimes it is hard to know what to do, how to help and if it will make a difference.

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance will be holding a free legislative advocacy training session on Wednesday, January 17 hosted by the ECCS at the First Congregational Church of Southington.

Come learn about:

  • What is advocacy?
  • Defining a problem
  • Understanding the process
  • Decision makers
  • Making the case for a solution
  • A plan for action.

The examples they will use relate to children’s issues such as healthcare and the Care4Kids program but the material will be helpful to anyone interested in advocacy.

Doors open for registration and networking at 6:30, the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Snacks will be served.

The speaker is Merrill Gay, Executive Director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2013, Merrill was Executive Director of the Coalition for New Britain’s Children. He has served on a number of early childhood initiatives, including the New Britain School Readiness Council, New Britain Head Start Policy Council, Early Childhood Finance Project Work Group, Early Childhood Workforce Task Force, and Infant Toddler Task Force. He was also co-chair of the CT Early Childhood Alliance and the New Britain lead for the Annie E. Casey Grade-Level Reading Campaign. Merrill holds a B.A. in government studies from Clark University and a master’s degree in community economic development from New Hampshire College, now known as the University of Southern New Hampshire.

We hope you will be able to join us, this is open to the public.