Cecilia Zalkind, President & CEO of Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), announces that their state is increasing funding for child care subsidies by $54 million this year — and she shines the spotlight on her team's effective campaign about the need to increase subsidies to help child care programs meet the new minimum wage for staff salaries.
Ohio’s 2019 state budget process had an unprecedented focus on investing in Ohio’s youngest children. Lynanne Gutierrez, Policy Director and Legal Counsel for Groundwork Ohio, reports on their team's work throughout the year meeting with and connecting stakeholders to policymakers, engaging legislative staff, and elevating the issues facing Ohio's young children.
Members of the 101st Illinois General Assembly have passed — and the Governor has signed — a budget that provides substantial funding for the state’s early childhood system. The final budget, passed with bipartisan support, came together several days after the traditional May 31st adjournment date. Take a look at the major steps forward the state made for young children and families.