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The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1983 to harness citizen voices to advocate for vastly improved schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Today, they focus on informing the public and policymakers, studying priority issues, and engaging business leaders, families, students, and other citizens to demand educational excellence and equity from the earliest years through postsecondary education.

State Allies:

Prichard Committee Kentucky
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence • Lexington, KY
Top Priorities for 2021

Amplify the message that child care is essential to increase access to quality preschool and child care (center/family-based), to support both kindergarten readiness and working families.

Protect and, to the extent possible, increase funding for child care, public preschool, and HANDS home-visiting program in budget sessions this fall and early 2021.

Align higher education, professional development, and career pathways to early childhood education credentials that will increase the quality of the workforce and advance the profession.

Promote policy and regulatory guidance that support more high-quality family-based child care by working with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and Division of Child Care.

Kentucky’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$11.87B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

UNALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (D)

45% LOW-INCOME
212,642 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

The 2020 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be remembered for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: a shortened session and the adoption of a one-year budget due to the uncertainty about the impact of the crisis on state revenue, which held spending on early childhood programs at current levels.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence led the Big, Bold Ask for Education in the state’s early childhood through postsecondary systems. The $1 billion ask by 2026 included $251 million for child care assistance and $80 million for public preschool. The initiative did not pass in 2020, and the Prichard Committee will return in January 2021 to finish up the biennium.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young 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 cover to go to the download page.

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. 
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 Kentucky early childhood state policy.

Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments

Consulting and Strategy

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice