Wendy Wayne 2012 General Election:Voter Education and Registration Grant Preliminary Report

In June of 2012, CSEE awarded five grants to community-based organizations and coalitions to fund voter education, registration and engagement activities.  Activities were to begin after the primary elections and conclude at or before the November 6 General Election with reports due on November 30.  Grants ranged from $500 to $2,000 with a matching contribution requirement.

As of this writing, grant reports have been turned in by three of the five grantees.  Reporting of exact numbers impacted was much better this year than in the previous election grant cycle, but still has some room for improvement.  CSEE’s logo was included on almost all of the documentation and sign in sheets used and distributed at these events.  While CSEE’s visibility did not increased to the point of community-wide recognition, all of the volunteers working on these grant activities certainly are aware of CSEE now.  Our message is clearly reaching parents, providers and community members that early care and education is an important political issue and parents need to be actively engaged in the political process.

Overall, the three agencies whose reports have been reviewed so far have outreached to over 2000 parents, providers and community members.  This outreach has occurred at over 20 events ranging from tabling at health fairs, phone banking, door knocking, and hosting candidate forums for over 100 members of the community.

Two hundred forty-seven (247) people were registered to vote as a direct result of the above events and actions.  Over 500 voter registration forms were distributed (including the 247 collected).  Two hundred sixty (260) people participated in a CSEE-funded event, plus 171 volunteers actively engaged in hosting and coordinating one or more of these events. (One hundred seventy-one (171) is not an unduplicated number of volunteers.)  While CSEE never thought to ask about encouraging the next generation in civic engagement, two of the three reporting agencies indicated that a total (not unduplicated) 75 children were present at planning meetings, events, and outreach activities.


Wendy Wayne Voter Registration, Education and Engagement Grants

Summary of 2012 General Election Grantees

In July 2012, Californians for the Support of Early Education granted five organizations grants between $500 and $2,000 to conduct voter education, registration, and engagement events. Combined, we anticipate these organizations to do broad outreach to over 3,000 families, to directly connect with over 1,000 parents, and to register at least 300 new or returning voters. They will accomplish this through their active membership of over 100 advocates and staff. Grant activities have already begun and will include registration drives, candidate forums, and one-on-one parent conversations about the importance of voting for candidates who recognize the value of early education. Activities will focus around the general election and will conclude in November 2012.


Parent VOICES Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Child Care Council

Parent Voices Contra Costa plans to host 7 voter education drives, a weekly phone bank campaign, contact parents whom Parent VOICES Contra Costa has registered in the past, email Parent VOICES membership, and participate in community events (four identified), and hold a candidate forum in the new Assembly District 11. They plan to connect with between 660 and 800 parents directly and call or email 1,000 others.


East Bay Assoc. for the Education of Young Children (EBAEYC), Parent Voices SouthernAlameda and Bay Area FCC Providers’ Support Group

They will host a candidate forum in September that will include candidates from the Assembly, Senate, and County Board of Supervisors, and will address ballot initiatives. They propose attending 7 identified events, plus additional as they become aware of them. And will distribute voter education and registration materials at each of the three R&R’s. They anticipate having 50 people participate in the forum, 27 voters at PV meetings, and 20 FCC providers.


Parent Voices Oakland

They will register at least 100 people to vote, with special emphasis on non-native English speakers, new citizens, and low income parents. Engage at least 50 volunteers through voters mobilization and education activities, and contact at least 500 voters though a get-out-the-vote drive.


Lake County Child Care Planning Council

Lake Co. LPC will: develop a campaign slogan and materials, develop and distributed public service announcements, develop and distribute campaign flyers, and use social marketing tools, develop voter education fact sheets to help communities understand the impacts of the initiatives, target all child care programs in the county for concerted voter registration efforts, develop specialized campaign materials and present at child care parent meetings at preschools, head starts, and family child care homes. They will table at significant local events.


Sacramento Head Start Parent Advocates

Parent Advocates will set up community voter registration tables at 32 early learning centers, head starts, family child care/early head start sites, and community centers. They will host at least one voter education forum, contact parents via email, calls, and parent meetings to follow up on issues and encourage registration. They intend to reach 2,778 enrolled families and educate them on their Senate and Assembly districts and ballot initiatives.


Community Voices, Connections for Children, Santa Monica

CSEE continues a connection from our last grant cycle with Community Voices, a parent advocacy group associated with one of Los Angeles County’s Resource and Referral agencies. They engage in ongoing parent and provider voter registration, information, and engagement activities.