As you prepare to advocate, review the following checklist to make sure you’re ready:

  • Dress nicely. Business/professional attire is appropriate.  

  • Introduce yourself. Start by sharing your name, where you are from, and why this meeting is important to you. If you are with an organization, share its mission, reach, and goals.

  • Start with a compliment. If applicable, find common ground where you can agree or affirm a recent decision/position. At the very least, thank them for taking the time to meet with you. 

  • Make a connection. Stress how the issue will affect districts and areas that are important to your audience

  • Provide resources. Provide a brief fact sheet that can be referenced during the meeting and can be left behind after you leave.

  • Name drop. Be sure to talk about any other organizations, individuals, officials, and legislators that share your position. 

  • Listen. After you make your pitch, allow time for response.  Be prepared for follow-up questions and to steer the conversation back to the issue at hand if necessary.

  • Admit what you don’t know. If you don’t know the answer to a question that’s posed, don’t fret!  This is a great opportunity to promise you will follow up with more information and to continue the conversation surrounding the issue.

  • Make a specific ask. End your presentation with an ask: how exactly do you want the legislator to take action on this specific issue?

  • Thank the legislator. Always say thank you at the end of the meeting, even if they did not agree with your position


(adapted from Union of Concerned Scientists, “How to Have an Effective Visit With Your Policy Maker”)


In addition to meeting with your legislator, consider amplifying your voice through other forms of advocacy...


Engage your legislators and spread the word about Groundwork Ohio's advocacy initiatives on social media. It's as easy as a re-post or a tag!  


Team up with advocates from across the state as we meet with legislators to advance quality  early care and education in Ohio.


Connect with Groundwork and local early care and education community leaders to elevate the importance of the work you do every day.

Great job!  Now that you've completed your meeting or presentation, it's time to wrap things up.  Move on to Step 7: Follow Up for some tips on continuing the conversation.