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Responsive Support Network

State early childhood policy advocates and advocacy organizations in the Alliance network have access to customized responsive support from some of the leading consultants and policy experts in the country.

Have a quick question? Need a partner to advise and support you in a major, long-term project? No matter the scale of your need or challenge, the network is here to help advocates develop bold transformative agendas, build the broad diverse constituencies for them, and achieve their visions for young children and their families.

Start a conversation with one of them today. If you don’t already have a contact at one of our responsive support providers, reach out to the Alliance and we’ll make the introduction.

Advocacy Strategy

Advocacy strategy includes support in areas such as agenda setting, planning, campaigns, polling, issue framing, audience engagement and more. 

Committee for Economic Development 
The Committee for Economic Development can provide research on major economic and social issues that help advocates actively inform and engage the business community. [More]
 
Child Trends 
Child Trends can help with research and Data on how early childhood experiences set the stage for children’s development and well-being, with expertise in early learning and care settings, family supports, maltreatment prevention, home visiting, child welfare, trauma informed care, and maternal and child health. [More]
 
Children’s Funding Project 
Children’s Funding Project can help advocates identify and leverage existing state revenue, including estimating how much money is needed to achieve goals, strategies for generating new revenue, and creating comprehensive strategic public financing plans that develop collaborative infrastructure and administer funds in coordinated and equitable ways. [More]
 
Council for a Strong America 
Council for a Strong America is a membership organization that includes Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation. These groups serve as effective state-level and community-level messengers for research-based public investments in early childhood programs that help all children succeed. [More]
 
Elephant Circle
Elephant Circle can support advocates with birth justice capacity building strategies centered on tackling systems of power and oppression. The organization has expertise in health systems and legal systems as they relate to the perinatal period. [More]
 
Frontera Strategy
Frontera has deep experience in polling, state politics, and other strategies for passing state legislation and securing appropriations at state capitols. [More]
 
Georgetown Center for Children and Families
As part of the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Center for Children and Families has a long track record of working with state policy advocates to provide research, develop strategies, and offer solutions on policy development and implementation related to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act. [More]
 
Hope& 
Rachel Anderson provides strategy at the intersection of faith and early childhood policy, supporting state advocates as they develop and pursue strategies to bring religious communities and leaders into their work. [More]
 
Linchpin
Linchpin’s team focuses on education, outreach and advocacy across a range of issues impacting children and families, including developing and implementing strategic plans to achieve bipartisan support and move legislation forward. [More]
 
Main Street Alliance 
Main Street Alliance helps advocates with small-business mobilization strategies in support of paid family and medical leave and increased funding for child care. [More]
 
ZERO TO THREE 
ZERO TO THREE is a research-based resource for advocates and policymakers on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers; policy guidance on family focused economic security policies such as paid family medical leave, housing, cash assistance and tax credits, and food security. ZERO TO THREE can also provide support for states working to strengthen their infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) systems. [More]

Family Supports

These responsive support providers are available to advise and support advocates who are pursuing home visiting, paid family and medical leave, and child tax credits and other family economic security policies. 
 
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) 
CLASP can provide guidance, research, analysis, and advocacy strategy for child care and family income policies. [More]
 
Danielle Ewen
Danielle Ewen has deep expertise in federal policy as it relates to state early childhood policy, including federal funding streams, program authorizations, effective state advocacy with federal delegations, and real-time intelligence on federal developments.
 
Frontera Strategy
Frontera has deep experience in polling, state politics, and other strategies for passing state legislation and securing appropriations at state capitols. [More]
 
Hope& 
Rachel Anderson provides strategy at the intersection of faith and early childhood policy, supporting state advocates as they develop and pursue strategies to bring religious communities and leaders into their work. [More]
 
Linchpin 
Linchpin can provide responsive support on all things home visiting, including federal home visiting policy expertise and counsel on specific states’ and tribes’ home visiting landscapes and development strategies. [More]
 
Main Street Alliance 
Main Street Alliance helps advocates with small-business mobilization strategies in support of paid family and medical leave and increased funding for child care. [More]
 
Migration Policy Institute 
The Migration Policy Institute can support state advocates with research, learning opportunities, and new ideas to address complex policy questions, including providing technical support to community and early childhood system leaders who seek to engage with and more equitably and effectively serve immigrant and Dual Language Learner (DLL) children ages 0-8 and their families. [More]
 
National Center for Children in Poverty 
The National Center for Children in Poverty supports state advocates with research, analyses of policy and policy implementation, and technical assistance. Key areas of their work include infant-early childhood mental health and parent mental health, early intervention, child welfare, early care and education policy, parenting and family supports, and public benefits. [More]
 
National Women’s Law Center 
The National Women’s Law Center offers state-level data analyses, materials, and technical assistance to advance policies that support women and their families, across issues that are central to the lives of women and girls, including child care, family leave, pregnancy accommodation, and child nutrition programs. [More]
 
ZERO TO THREE 
ZERO TO THREE is a research-based resource for advocates and policymakers on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers; policy guidance on family focused economic security policies such as paid family medical leave, housing, cash assistance and tax credits, and food security. ZERO TO THREE can also provide support for states working to strengthen their infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) systems. [More]

Early Care and Education

These organizations can provide policy expertise and strategic support in issue areas that include child care, the child care workforce, kindergarten-3rd grade education, and preschool and pre-k.
 
Bipartisan Policy Center
The Bipartisan Policy Center can help advocates by providing research and strategies that help advocates communicate the intersection between state and federal early care and education policy and related opportunities. [More]
 
Committee for Economic Development 
The Committee for Economic Development can provide research on major economic and social issues that help advocates actively inform and engage the business community. [More]
 
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) 
CLASP can provide guidance, research, analysis, and advocacy strategy for child care and family income policies. [More]
 
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment 
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment can provide specialized research and policy solutions aimed at improving how the nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development. [More]
 
Child Care Aware of America (Early Care and Education)
Child Care Aware of America works with a national network of Child Care Resource & Referral agencies and partners to promote and inform state and federal policies that improve the quality and affordability of child care and support the early childhood education profession. [More]
 
Child Trends
Child Trends can help with research and Data on how early childhood experiences set the stage for children’s development and well-being, with expertise in early learning and care settings, family supports, maltreatment prevention, home visiting, child welfare, trauma informed care, and maternal and child health. [More]
 
Children’s Funding Project 
Children’s Funding Project can help advocates identify and leverage existing state revenue, including estimating how much money is needed to achieve goals, strategies for generating new revenue, and creating comprehensive strategic public financing plans that develop collaborative infrastructure and administer funds in coordinated and equitable ways. [More]
 
Council for a Strong America 
Council for a Strong America is a membership organization that includes Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation. These groups serve as effective state-level and community-level messengers for research-based public investments in early childhood programs that help all children succeed. [More]
 
Danielle Ewen
Danielle Ewen has deep expertise in federal policy as it relates to state early childhood policy, including federal funding streams, program authorizations, effective state advocacy with federal delegations, and real-time intelligence on federal developments.
 
Frontera Strategy
Frontera has deep experience in polling, state politics, and other strategies for passing state legislation and securing appropriations at state capitols. [More]
 
Hope& 
Rachel Anderson provides strategy at the intersection of faith and early childhood policy, supporting state advocates as they develop and pursue strategies to bring religious communities and leaders into their work. [More]
 
Main Street Alliance 
Main Street Alliance helps advocates with small-business mobilization strategies in support of paid family and medical leave and increased funding for child care. [More]

MBST Solutions
MBST Solutions is a consulting firm focused on the development of family child care policies that center the strengths of family child care providers, and connect policy and practice. MBST offers strategic analysis, technical assistance, expert strengths-based facilitation and mobilization. [More]

Migration Policy Institute 
The Migration Policy Institute can support state advocates with research, learning opportunities, and new ideas to address complex policy questions, including providing technical support to community and early childhood system leaders who seek to engage with and more equitably and effectively serve immigrant and Dual Language Learner (DLL) children ages 0-8 and their families. [More]
 
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is a national organization of early childhood educators. It can provide expertise on a range of early care and education issues, especially ECE workforce and higher education policy, and on engaging educators as part of grassroots and advocacy communities. [More]
 
National Center for Children in Poverty 
The National Center for Children in Poverty supports state advocates with research, analyses of policy and policy implementation, and technical assistance. Key areas of their work include infant-early childhood mental health and parent mental health, early intervention, child welfare, early care and education policy, parenting and family supports, and public benefits. [More]
 
National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) 
NIEER supports advocates with academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children and promote the physical, cognitive, and social development needed for children to succeed in school and later life. NIEER provides independent, research-based analysis and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. [More]
 
National Women’s Law Center 
The National Women’s Law Center offers state-level data analyses, materials, and technical assistance to advance policies that support women and their families, across issues that are central to the lives of women and girls, including child care, family leave, pregnancy accommodation, and child nutrition programs. [More]
 
Stoney Associates 
Stoney Associates provides advocates deep support in complex ECE policy, including modeling early care and education program costs, revising subsidy policy and rate-setting strategies, revisiting QRIS standards and procedures, crafting new approaches to contracting, and voucher management. [More]

Maternal and Child Health

The organizations below offer a wide variety of supports and expertise that can be customized to the particular needs of an advocacy organization or state landscape on issues including maternal health, infant and child health, child welfare, and early intervention (0-3).
 
Elephant Circle
Elephant Circle can support advocates with birth justice capacity building strategies centered on tackling systems of power and oppression. The organization has expertise in health systems and legal systems as they relate to the perinatal period. [More]
 
Danielle Ewen
Danielle Ewen has deep expertise in federal policy as it relates to state early childhood policy, including federal funding streams, program authorizations, effective state advocacy with federal delegations, and real-time intelligence on federal developments.
 
Georgetown Center for Children and Families
As part of the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Center for Children and Families has a long track record of working with state policy advocates to provide research, develop strategies, and offer solutions on policy development and implementation related to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act. [More]
 
National Center for Children in Poverty 
The National Center for Children in Poverty supports state advocates with research, analyses of policy and policy implementation, and technical assistance. Key areas of their work include infant-early childhood mental health and parent mental health, early intervention, child welfare, early care and education policy, parenting and family supports, and public benefits. [More]
 
RH Impact 
RH Impact provides state policy advocates with reproductive justice expertise to inform recommendations to elected officials, key stakeholders, and community-based advocacy groups in an effort to advance birth equity through policy, practice, and programs. [More]
 
True North Group 
True North supports advocates on child welfare issues. This includes assistance in developing resources, materials, webinars, workshops and other forums featuring key issues regarding the intersection of child welfare policy and advocacy and prevention services, early care and learning, health care and family support policies, including mental health, Part C services, and screening rates, among others. [More]
 
ZERO TO THREE 
ZERO TO THREE is a research-based resource for advocates and policymakers on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers; policy guidance on family focused economic security policies such as paid family medical leave, housing, cash assistance and tax credits, and food security. ZERO TO THREE can also provide support for states working to strengthen their infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) systems. [More]

Early Childhood Infrastructure

These responsive support providers can help advocates who are pursuing systems objectives in areas such as financing, data and data systems, and early childhood governance. 
 
Child Trends 
Child Trends can help with research and Data on how early childhood experiences set the stage for children’s development and well-being, with expertise in early learning and care settings, family supports, maltreatment prevention, home visiting, child welfare, trauma informed care, and maternal and child health. [More]
 
Children’s Funding Project 
Children’s Funding Project can help advocates identify and leverage existing state revenue, including estimating how much money is needed to achieve goals, strategies for generating new revenue, and creating comprehensive strategic public financing plans that develop collaborative infrastructure and administer funds in coordinated and equitable ways. [More]
 
Frontera Strategy
Frontera has deep experience in polling, state politics, and other strategies for passing state legislation and securing appropriations at state capitols. [More]
 
Stoney Associates 
Stoney Associates provides advocates deep support in complex ECE policy, including modeling early care and education program costs, revising subsidy policy and rate-setting strategies, revisiting QRIS standards and procedures, crafting new approaches to contracting, and voucher management. [More]
 
True North Group 
True North supports advocates on child welfare issues. This includes assistance in developing resources, materials, webinars, workshops and other forums featuring key issues regarding the intersection of child welfare policy and advocacy and prevention services, early care and learning, health care and family support policies, including mental health, Part C services, and screening rates, among others. [More]