Missouri

By focusing on both immediate wins and long-term strategic planning, our allies in Missouri are making powerful progress for the kids in their state.

State Allies:

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Top Priorities for 2020

Expand access to voluntary, effective home visiting programs and services for families from prenatal to age five

Support the early childhood workforce: implement strategies to improve salaries, benefits, and working conditions for early childhood and after school educators; support compensation parity across early learning programs (birth-2nd grade); and establish a coordinated professional development system to reflect the principles and indicators of NAEYC’s Blueprint for State and Early Childhood Professional Development Systems

Increase safety, quality, and coordination of early childhood programs

Last year, our allies in Missouri successfully won numerous effective new early childhood policies—and a commitment from the state to fund a new three-year early childhood strategic plan.

  • $6 million in new home visiting investments serving more than 1,500 high-need and hard-to-reach families in Missouri
  • Increased the number of school districts partnering with community providers to deliver pre-k
  • Expanded the state’s Quality-Improvement Pilot Program
  • $33.5 million over three years to implement the state’s new Strategic Plan and further build the early childhood system

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 Missouri 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

Latest News from Missouri:

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Missouri’s Evolving Early Learning Landscape

From 2012-2016, Missouri was the only state in the country to ban quality rating systems for early childhood providers. Alliance partner Kids Win Missouri catalogs the two years of progress since the state legislature lifted the ban — and how the state is finally righting the course in early childhood policy.

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