Track legislation about children, obesity, youth violence, and education—all areas that are directly related to the importance of play in your community. Find out how your representatives voted and who deserves your support more.
The easiest way to find out which bills affect play is to call your congressional representative’s office and ask the legislative staffer assigned to children’s and education issues. You can call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your member’s office.
Another great resource is Govtrack.
You can also use Thomas, the Library of Congress's website. Thomas allows you to look up your senators and representatives, research bills and roll call votes, and provides a wealth of other information on federal legislation.
Once you know current bills that are affecting play and where your elected officials stand, it’s time to take action. If your representatives support bills that influence the possibility of more time and space for play, write them or call to thank them for their support. Remember, a thank-you goes a long way in continued support. And if they are not yet supporters, it’s time for a letter-writing campaign. The more unified the voice, the more likely you can sway their opinion.
"In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play."
– Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, 1844–1900