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Creating Local Funding Districts

An effective state-level strategy is often the state legislation that empowers cities and counties to raise, deploy, and oversee additional funds for early childhood services. 

Here, you’ll find links to some strong examples of this approach that are delivering expanded services to children and their families.


Alliance for Early Success - Colorado Early Childhood


Early Childhood Development Service Districts: This 2019 legislation authorizes the creation of early childhood development service districts to provide services for children from birth through 8 years of age. 


Children's Services Councils: Chapter 125 of Florida Statutes (passed in 1986) governs the creation and operation of a children’s services council. Florida is the only state in the nation that empowers communities to create a local government with the sole purpose of investing in the well-being of families.

Missouri Early Childhood Policy


Local Children's Services Trust Funds: A state statute was originally passed in 1998 and then revised in 2015 allows for the establishment of local children’s funds.

Oregon Early Childhood Policy


Child Care Contribution Tax Credit: Enacted in 2003, the credit delivers revenue to the Office of Child Care, which uses the funding for child care initiatives.

Children’s Special Taxing Districts 101
If you want to learn more about the topic, Children’s Funding Project’s great brief, State Enabling Legislation for Children’s Special Taxing Districts, is a great place to start.