Our allies in Kentucky make gains year after year, in part because of the effective Strong Start Early Childhood Coalition they have galvanized around increasing public support for child care, preschool, and early home visiting. 

State Allies:

Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence • Lexington, KY
Top Priorities for 2020

Increase eligibility for both public preschool and child care to 200% of the federal poverty level

Increase reimbursements for both preschool and child care to support the true cost of quality

Sustain investment in HANDS early home visiting program

Support strategic, phased-in investment plan to increase public funding for child care assistance by $251 million and for public preschool by $80 million by 2026.

Our allies in Kentucky are extraordinarily effective at leveraging partnerships to achieve better policy and outcomes for young children.

  • Continued work with regional partners on pilot projects focused on increasing the availability of home-based child care in areas impacted substantially by child care deserts.
  • Conducted a second annual education poll — half of which was focused on early childhood — that confirmed a majority of Kentuckians support increased public funding for early education for low-income working families
  • Began advocating and building coalitions around a new proposed strategic investment plan for education that totals $1 Billion new dollars by 2026, including:
    • $251 million dedicated to the Child Care Assistance Program, both increasing reimbursement rates and raising eligibility to 200% of FPL (serving 23,000 more children in higher quality settings).
    • $80 million dedicated to the Public Preschool Program, both increasing reimbursement rates and raising eligibility to 200% of FPL (serving 10,000 more children in higher-quality settings).

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
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice