August 2019

Frenzied Close to Spring Legislative Session Brings Significant Early Childhood Funding Increases in Illinois

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. 

Missouri’s Evolving Early Learning Landscape

From 2012-2016, Missouri was the only state in the country to ban quality rating systems for early childhood providers. Alliance partner Kids Win Missouri catalogs the two years of progress since the state legislature lifted the ban -- and how the state is finally righting the course in early childhood policy.

Oregon Celebrates Historic Funding Victories for Young Children

Oregon early childhood advocates are celebrating passage of the Student Success Act (HB 3427) -- a historic investment of $1 billion per year with 20 percent of the budget, or $200 million per year, dedicated for early childhood programs. The Children's Institute reports on the breakdown, and the state's five major funding victories for early childhood.