In September, the Alliance for Early Success organized a national conference on the early childhood education profession. The meeting was an opportunity for 200+ state leaders, advocates, national experts, and early childhood educators to share promising strategies and lessons learned thus far, and to engage each other on the future.
Advocates from several states recently began a "beneficiary voices" project that focuses on incorporating deep listening as a crucial component of policy solution development. Dana Hepper, Policy Director at the Children's Institute (Oregon), recounts the project kickoff -- a site visit to the incredibly diverse town of Clarkston, GA.
The Alliance played a big role in Louisiana allies' success in putting early childhood issues front and center in last month's Louisiana governor's race. In this post, Alliance for Early Success Executive Director Lisa Klein tells the story.