Children’s Policy Conference – Come Speak Out

With lawmakers back at the Capitol for their every-other-year lawmaking, a lot is about to be decided for kids and families. Last time they met, lawmakers made huge $5 billion cuts to schools and other decisions that a lot of parents want addressed this year. February 6 will offer one opportunity, when parents, community leaders, and others can come together to learn and talk about how to make a difference: The Children’s Policy Conference.

Between now and Tuesday, Jan. 15, LiveMom readers can register for this event at a special reduced rate of $28–off of a normal price of $80–which includes breakfast and lunch, downtown parking, and the full day of workshops, special sessions with experts, and more. Why come to the Children’s Policy Conference? Here are a few reasons:
1. Make sure you have a voice in the decisions being made.
Folks at the Capitol like to hear from their constituents. Lawmakers and their staff are conducting office visits with conference participants. When you register, you’ll learn how to set up a meeting with your elected officials, and you’ll get support and help at the event to make the most of your visit.
2. Meet people who can help you get your ideas to people in power.
Political strategists, statewide experts, community leaders, organizers, nonprofit champions, national messaging experts, and more will be leading sessions and getting input from conference-goers.

3. Learn about the issues.
The conference offers a lot of different workshops, with sessions on all sorts of children’s issues, from early education to school discipline to kids’ health. Check out the agenda, and sign up for the workshops that interest you most.

4. Get take-home resources you can use.
Everyone who registers for the conference gets hands-on materials from presenters, take-home advocacy resources, and ideas for how to make an impact throughout 2013.

5. Connect with others who care about what you care about.
The group behind the conference is Texans Care for Children, where I work, and I can attest that there will be lots of amazing people there who care about kids and families and making a difference. All this in a beautiful facility with great food and easy access to the Capitol. Save your spot and register now!

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post contained a special LiveMom discount code good through January 14th. Still interested in attending, but unable to access that info? Please email csinatra (at) txchildren (dot) org

Christine Sinatra is the communications director for Texans Care for Children and mom to a kindergartener. Her past experience includes working as a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and the Oakland Tribune company, being a Peace Corps volunteer for high school girls in Africa, and studying at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.