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Council for a Strong America

Council for a Strong America (CSA) engages law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, and business leaders who promote evidence-based policies and programs that enable kids to be healthy, well-educated and prepared for productive lives.

CSA mobilizes the members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, and ReadyNation to serve as effective messengers for the public safety, national security, and economic reasons for equitable early childhood investments and policies. Together with state allies, CSA advances near-term state policy objectives and builds long-range, sustainable state advocacy capacity with its members, research, media work, and policymaker education.

Our state allies call on Council for a Strong America to:

Build political will for shared early childhood priorities like child care, home visiting and pre-k.

CSA works with state allies to understand the policy and political landscape, and then mobilizes its members to interact with policymakers and other key stakeholders. CSA amplifies state allies’ policy priorities with state-specific research materials, events, op-eds and letters-to-the-editor from its in-state members, and meetings with policymakers with CSA members who are their constituents.

Build membership groups strategically.

CSA works to identify, recruit, and engage law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, and business leaders with important connections and in strategic locations of the state. Due to their positions in their communities, CSA's members are often well-known and are influential with key policymakers - making them especially effective in driving policy change.

Additional Alliance-funded support for state advocacy includes:

  • Highlighting the lack of affordable, quality child care in states across the country and demonstrating the importance of this vital sector and transforming more policymakers into champions of early childhood education.