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Our lead ally in Alaska is Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT), an advocacy organization focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. They are an advocate, convener, and catalyst for building a state that ensures children grow up in safe, stable and nurturing environments. ACT influences public policy and, as the home to Kids Count Alaska, produces reliable data, makes policy recommendations, and provides tools needed to advance sound policies that benefit Alaska’s children and families.

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2020 State Policy Environment and Progress

State early childhood policy progress is dependent both on the state’s policy environment and the numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

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2020 Policy Environment and Progress:

$4.7B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

ALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (R)

31% LOW-INCOME
29,397 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Even in the face of the pandemic, 2020 showed strong movement forward. The Trust promoted early childhood and educated policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Its work led to two mayoral candidates making pre-k a priority on their 2020 platforms. The Alaska Children’s Trust released the first Alaska Children’s Budget, a fiscal map of funds showing how the state supports the well-being of its children.

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 

 

GOING FORWARD:

Top Alliance Grant Priorities for 2021

Support local investment in early childhood education/pre-k until a minimum of two communities have dedicated funds by 2021.

Pass legislation by 2022 that amends the existing health education curriculum statute to include mental health in all K-12 health classrooms.

Reduce the uninsured rate of children until it is at or below the national average by 2023.

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Alaska Children’s Trust Report Spotlights the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the State Economy and Workforce

The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) has released “Vibrant Economy, Strong Workforce, Thriving Families: A Guide to Trauma-Informed Policy Decision-Making.” The document was developed as a tool to educate a broad range of state and local policymakers about the impact of ACEs on health and social problems. The primary audience is state legislators and their staffs, government administrators, and county and municipal policymakers.

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The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Alaska early childhood state policy.

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