Have a Heart: Invest in Kids!
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) was created in 2014 as the political advocacy arm of Save the Children. SCAN is the political voice for kids. In 2018 we launched the Have a Heart campaign – and it has become a favorite annual event for our volunteers and staff. As Congress and state legislatures convene, our Have a Heart Campaign tells lawmakers to have a heart and fund early childhood education programs. Over the past six years, SCAN’s volunteers have sent more than 10,000 valentines and postcards to lawmakers.
Join us as we kick off our tenth-year celebrations with the 2024 Have a Heart campaign.
The Basics of Early Childhood Education
Four Fun Ways to Take Action
Step 1: Get Creative for Kids
Create your valentines with a student club, family and friends, at a community event or on your own — either way, you’re making a big impact.
To Use Ours
Decorate the front with markers and stickers, then leave a note for your lawmaker on the back. For inspiration, check out our sample message below.
To Make Your Own
Have a few extra minutes to make a difference?
Nothing says “have a heart” like some homemade valentines. Grab some markers, scissors, stickers and craft paper to make your own!
Don’t forget to include a message like:
- Have a heart. Invest in kids!
- Don’t break my heart — invest in kids!
- Show kids you care this Valentine’s Day.
- Roses are red, violets are blue. Invest in kids, and voters will love you!
Step 2: Send Your Valentine
You can mail your valentines or deliver them in person — don’t forget to take a picture first!
1. Check who your lawmakers are
Step 3: Amplify Your Valentine
Your advocacy is inspiring. Share on social media with #InvestInKids to spread the message — and tag us, too!
Step 4: Enter a Poll
Post photos of your favorite valentines with #InvestInKids to enter a friendly Instagram poll on Save the Children’s Instagram page. Voters will choose the ones that stand out — then, the winner will be featured in a special highlight post across our social media pages!
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