Act Now

Because growing brains [link to Brain Science] are at stake, the youngest members of our community need your help. Be a champion of early care and education!

Even if you don’t have children at home, you impact children’s lives. The Search Institute lays out 40 Developmental Assets and community members play an essential role. The 40 assets lay out the markers of a child-friendly community and actions all individuals can take to demonstrate that children are valuable resources.

Get Involved


  • Tell First 5 your story. [link to Tell Your Story page]
  • Promote and model work-life balance by recognizing that your time and energy are finite resources and making decisions accordingly.
  • Write articles or letters to the editor about child care for the local news media or your group/religious organization/company’s publications.
  • Participate in community discussions about early childhood initiatives.
  • Research political candidates’ platforms on early childhood issues.
  • Write to your elected officials, sharing your story and why early care and education is a smart investment. [internal link to bottom of page]
  • Take a moment to #Rally4Babies by using social media to communicate the need for accessible high quality child care to the 2016 presidential candidates.
  • Join groups that will let you know about pending legislative action, such as Zero to Three or Child Care Aware of America
  • Support legislation that strengthens our child care network.
  • Parents, Grandparents, and Families with Children
  • Talk, Read, Sing to the children in your lives.
  • Tell your story to First 5 or an elected official. [internal link to bottom of page]

Elected Officials

  • When having conversations and taking action on community infrastructure, invite child care representatives to be present.
  • Convene and participate in legislative subgroups and efforts to explore creative solutions to the child care crisis.
  • Survey parents and businesses in your district to identify child care concerns and potential solutions.


  • Take a self-assessment [] to ensure you are achieving compliance with licensing regulations.
  • Make the commitment to be a high quality child care center by joining Quality Counts to receive and official assessment and ongoing coaching.
  • Invite local employers to tour your facility and work to build ‘reserved slot’ programs for their employees.
  • Invite elected officials to tour your facility. [internal link to bottom of page]


  • Make the commitment to be a family friendly workplace and adopt at least one family friendly practice. [link to F5 SBC page]
  • Conduct a survey and host a follow-up discussion with employees who are parents.
  • Write articles or letters to the editor about child care for the local news media or your company’s publications.
  • Prepare a handout for employees about high quality child care options near your workplace.
  • Work with your insurance provider to establish the option for Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts for your employees.
  • Talk with state and local policymakers about the important link between an adequate supply of stable, quality child care and economic growth. [internal link to bottom of page
  • We’d love to keep you informed about opportunities to advocate for early care and education.
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Elected Official Contact Information

Mayors & City Council Members
Santa Barbara
Santa Maria

State Assembly & Senate