The Alliance Effect

When you combine connections to peers, access to experts, funding, rapid response, and real-time conversation, you get a unique kind of support for state advocates that makes unexpected gains possible. We call this The Alliance Effect.

 

Producing national research is important work. Funding state advocates is important work. Convening people working on similar policies is important, and so is providing right-time technical assistance. Lots of organizations provide this crucial support across the country, and state advocates rely on many of them. 

But no one connects all of these in as hands-on, flexible and personalized a way as the Alliance. State allies tell us it’s a game-changing way to get support, and that it helps them maximize their limited resources and manpower for maximum impact for kids.

“The most important thing I can convey to you and your Alliance colleagues is that your support makes me and Maryland Family Network stronger, smarter, and more effective in ways that transcend financial resources, technical assistance, and collegial guidance — as deeply valued as those things are. There’s a “whole” to the Alliance that’s much greater than the sum of its parts. I’m proud that I can say that from experience and excited to see all that we have yet to achieve.”

Clinton Macsherry, Director of Public Policy
Maryland Family Network

In Maine, the Alliance Effect is reducing suspensions from preschool programs.  

Our advocacy ally in Maine, Maine Children’s Alliance, set its sights on the state’s high preschool expulsion rate. The Alliance funded ZERO TO THREE and Ounce of Prevention to collaborate on a report for the state, and engaged the National Center for Children in Poverty to collect the data. The Alliance also connected Maine to advocates in Connecticut, Colorado, and Arkansas who were working on early childhood mental health consultation. It led to a new 2019 law that is providing social emotional support and —most important— preventing suspensions and expulsions.