The Alliance for Early Success (formerly the Birth to Five Policy Alliance) is a catalyst to get and keep children on a path to success. We provide leadership, funding, and curate technical assistance. The Alliance creates and enhances partnerships by bringing state, national, and funding organizations together in new and innovative ways in order to achieve results better and faster than anyone can do alone. The goal is to improve state policies that lead to better health, learning, and economic outcomes, especially for the most vulnerable young children.
The Alliance for Early Success is excited to make a new resource available to help improve the lives of young children, especially those facing the greatest challenges. Today we are releasing a comprehensive research report by Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center on children and family issues: The Research Base for a Birth Through Age Eight State Policy Framework.
How can families in the most difficult circumstances be supported to give children the best chance to succeed? Federal administrators of the Early Head Start program for young children and families think addressing the sources of toxic stress could be part of the answer, according to a multi-part series of journalistic articles, “Tackling Toxic Stress,” produced by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
In a year that may well stand out as a low point in our national history for extreme political brinksmanship, Nebraska legislators representing all points of the ideological spectrum took their own stand – a united one – in support of early childhood investment in 2013. Faced by a wide range of difficult budgetary decisions, the 103rd Nebraska Legislature chose to advance eight separate bills directly affecting the safety, quality and availability of early care and education programs for the state’s youngest children and their families.