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50-State Early Childhood Policy Progress and Landscape Report

The Year’s Developments and Trends in State Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy


2023: Stronger Advocacy Together

* 2023 State Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress Survey, Frontera Strategy, July 18 – August 4, 2023. (See “About This Report.”)

2023 Landscape and Progress by State

Select a state to see its 2023 policy landscape and legislative highlights.

of states reported they are working in a coalition.
of states reported a win in maternal and child health.
of states reported an increase in state funding for child care, with 41percent reporting it was a large increase.
of states reported a positive state policy action on family economic security, up from 43 percent last year.

About this Report

The policy analysis in the Alliance for Early Success’ 50-State Early Childhood Policy Progress and Landscape Report was prepared by the Alliance policy team, with special thanks to Frontera Strategy for conducting the 50-state survey.

Mandy Ableidinger, Senior Policy Director
Mimi Aledo-Sandoval, Senior Policy Director
Jacy Montoya-Price, Senior Director, Advocacy and Issue Campaigns
Albert Wat, Senior Policy Director
Danielle Ewen, Consultant

Helene Stebbins, Executive Director 

Individual state early childhood policy landscape pages were compiled by Alliance staff from the sources credited on each page.

The 50-state landscape survey was completed by Frontera Strategy, a partner that supports advocacy efforts by providing qualitative and quantitative research services, including needs assessments and environmental scans, program and policy evaluation, statistical analyses, and survey research for associations, foundations, and nonprofit service organizations active in state capitols. 

Jason Sabo

Lisa Kerber, PhD

Advocates working in all states and the District of Columbia completed the survey, and all 51 are represented in the data. Frontera would like to thank Amber Wallin (New Mexico Voices for Children) and John Wilson (Kansas Action for Children) for participating in the cognitive interviews and offering feedback on survey questions.

Additional content support was provided by:  

Olivia Allen and Bruno Showers at Children’s Funding Project
Ashley Burnside at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Elisabeth Burak at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families
Aaron Loewenberg and Cara Sklar at New America

This report was edited by Stinson Liles, Director of Communications, Alliance for Early Success.

The state pages and the report are not meant to be comprehensive. Both rely on reporting from state advocates, who may be unaware of particular policies or events. 

Suggested Citation: Alliance for Early Success (2023), 50-State Early Childhood Policy Progress and Landscape Report 2023

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