Become Your Child’s Advocate

Advocate

As a parent, what can you do to improve the lives of your children and family? Advocate for them! The word advocate comes the Latin word advocare, meaning “add a voice.” Parents can make their children’s voices heard — and get their needs met — by actively advocating for them.

What does that look like? Here are some ways you can advocate for your child:

Ask questions at the pediatrician’s office. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, discuss them with your pediatrician. You have a right to free tests to determine if your child may have special needs — and the right to receive services for them. Early intervention can help your child, and advocating is the best way to get valuable information and services to meet needs.

Communicate with your child’s school. Your child has a right to free and appropriate education starting with transitional and kindergarten, regardless of ability. Talking with teachers and administrators can help you identify areas where they may need help.

Get involved with your community. Whether the issue is new playground equipment or safer streets, make your voice heard! Joining with others to advocate can result in powerful change for the good. Visit First5LA.org/BestStart for more information on ways to get involved in your area.

Vote. When you vote, you become empowered to make a difference and influence your family’s future. Make your voice heard by voting!

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