Advocacy Summit 2018

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Every child deserves a strong start in life.

That’s why, each year, we invite advocates from across the country to Washington D.C. to advocate for policies that benefit kids.

Together, we can influence our elected officials and drive positive change on behalf of children.

What is the Advocacy Summit?


The Advocacy Summit is a three-day experience of dynamic sessions, exciting speakers and meetings with your elected leaders. The summit provides a unique opportunity for our supporters to delve deeper into the issues, receive training from leading experts and act to ensure that matters critical to children’s lives and futures are prioritized by our elected leaders.

In March, Johnson & Johnson, Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network joined forces to present the 2018 Advocacy Summit because all kids deserve a strong start in life. Every year, too many children in the U.S. enter school unprepared to learn and too many children around the world die from preventable causes. To ensure equal opportunity for all kids, we must act now. Leveraging combined expertise, reach and influence, we are working side-by-side to advance polices that improve access to early education and maternal and child health programs—two issues we can all unite behind. Together, we can give all children a bright future.

Why Advocacy?


“To have the Save the Children [Action Network] on the ground here really made all of the difference for us. They understood the pushes and pulls on the advocacy side and were doing it our way, in terms of working with the Representatives and the Senators, and made sure the communities got involved.” – New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

“I’ve seen firsthand the inspiring ways Save the Children staff, here in the U.S. and around the world, are going above and beyond to help transform children’s futures. It is a privilege to be a part of the team.” – Dr. Jill Biden, Board Chair of Save the Children 

Simply put, the time has come to give voice to those who are unable to advocate for themselves: our children. We must be the voice for kids, working together to achieve broad expansion of early childhood education and end preventable deaths of moms and kids once and for all.

Advocacy is one of the most powerful and effective ways you can use your voice to raise awareness about the needs of vulnerable children and put positive pressure on our leaders to act.

We believe every child should have the opportunity for a strong start in life, with the best chance for a bright future. Advocacy will help make that belief a reality.


Amy Walter at the 2018 Advocacy Summit 

Photo Recap: 2018 Advocacy Summit

Press Coverage 

Arkansan urges lawmakers to fund early childhood education 
Arkansas Democrat Gazette

N.H. advocates travel to D.C., urge lawmakers to invest in kids
Concord Monitor (New Hampshire) 

Whitley residents visit Washington to advocate for early childhood education
Times-Tribune (Kentucky)

Kids Doing Good: Local students take on Washington, D.C. to advocate for kids
KATU (Oregon)

Local children’s advocate to travel to D.C.
Dominion Post (West Virginia)

Monongalia County educators advocate for early childhood education in Washington
WDTV (West Virginia)

The Issues


Early Childhood Education

On average, by age 4, children from low-income families are often 18 months behand other 4-year-olds developmentally. However, evidence shows that early interventions in the lives of disadvantaged children can improve their health and development outcomes. That’s why Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) are focused on expanding access to high-quality early childhood education. Giving children a strong start through early education is the best investment to ensure we break the cycle of poverty so all children can succeed in school and reach their full potential.



Ending Preventable Deaths

In 2016, 7,000 newborn babies died each day from causes like complications at birth, pneumonia and diarrhea. Most of these deaths could have been prevented through increasing access to proven maternal and child health interventions. While significant progress has been made—the number of under-five deaths has decreased from 12.7 million in 1990 to 5.6 million in 2016—there are still many lives to be saved. That’s why Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) are focused on ending the preventable deaths of moms and kids around the world.

Questions about the Summit? Email [email protected].