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In 2024, the Alliance for Early Success is replacing its annual grantee meeting with an all-new offering focused on supporting state advocacy organizations in their efforts to become allies for antiracism. The Alabama Experience will bring teams from state grantee organizations—200 people in all—on a shared journey to Montgomery, Alabama, that will incorporate the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Sites and many of the city’s other powerful spaces that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice and movement toward civil rights. 

The Alliance’s theory of change defines the three major streams of work that we undertake in pursuit of policies in all 50 states that ensure children and their families thrive. While all three are rooted in equity, “Elevating Antiracist Priorities” explicitly tells our team, our grantees, and the state policy advocacy community overall that we believe active antiracism is essential to early childhood policy advocacy.

The Alabama Experience will be another powerful piece of support that we hope catalyzes new equity-centered practices in agenda setting, coalition work, and organizational development.

The Alabama Experience is another stepping stone in the Alliance’s Allies for Antiracism journey. We are bringing diverse voices together to exchange knowledge across state lines, political divides, and lived experiences. We are learning from the failures and elevating the successes.

And we are doubling down on naming and dismantling the pervasive legacy of slavery all around us, and on bringing together all the voices who, working together, can make sure every child in every state has what they need in the early years to realize their full potential for a lifetime.

Learn more about our racial equity initiative.