If possible, it’s best to handwrite your letter. Make sure you include your return address so that it is clear you are a constituent. You can find out who your legislators are at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/GIS/RandR07/Home.html
Please remember these are samples. It’s best to personalize your letter.
As you move forward with the state budget, I urge you to say yes to early childhood and protect and preserve our nationally recognized early childhood education system by:
- Limiting any funding reductions for early childhood education programs like Smart Start to 4 percent.
- Using the federal stimulus funding as required to support the child care needs of working families, without supplanting state funding for another early childhood education program.
Hard economic times make it even more essential to invest in young children. Today’s children are our future leaders, parents and workers. Our state’s prosperity depends on their healthy development and growth. The key to ensuring that healthy development and growth is early childhood experiences.
The science has already proven that investments in young children are a sure thing. As Dr. Jack Shonkoff—founding director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and co-editor of the groundbreaking report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development— has said, “Once you know what we know about brain development, how do you morally walk away? From an investment standpoint, how do you walk away from something that will cost you down the road?
I urge you not to walk away.