Child Care NEXT will fund and support states that are ready to mount long-term campaigns to achieve transformative change in their child care policies and funding. States are selected through an RFP process to receive deep, ongoing support to develop and implement campaigns that achieve transformative child care policy in their state.
The Alliance for Early Success is currently working with the Child Care NEXT Steering Committee to further shape the initiative and design the Request for Proposals. If you have any questions about Child Care NEXT that are not addressed below, please email us.
Who is behind Child Care NEXT?
What goals and activities does Child Care NEXT support?
This grant opportunity supports ambitious, long-term campaigns. In the first year (roughly June 2021 through June 2022), the grant will help the state teams accomplish the following:
Before the end of the first year of the project, state teams will also develop a more specific strategic plan and budget for the launching and implementation of their campaigns, beginning around the summer or fall of 2022.
What will states receive if selected for this initiative?
In the first year, each state will receive up to $200,000 for start-up and planning activities described above. In 2022, each state will receive up to $500,000 for campaign launch and implementation. States will also receive technical assistance and consultation from national child care policy experts and campaign advisors.
A state match of $100,000 will be required each year both to show state-based investment in the work, and to acknowledge that additional resources will be necessary to launch and sustain a campaign that aims for bold change. If needed, the Alliance and the Child Care NEXT Steering Committee will work with the state teams to meet this challenge.
After the second year of the project, pending additional funding for the project, states will continue to receive a similar level of funding to sustain the campaign. Alliance and its partners are currently in conversations with several donors to raise the remaining funds.
What are the criteria for state selection?
In addition to the information requested in the RFP, Child Care NEXT is interested in selecting a group of states that can serve as “proof points” to demonstrate to policymakers, funders, advocates, etc. that transformative change is possible in different kinds of states. As such, our intent is to support a range of states that are diverse in ways such as: geography; political climate; economic context; racial, linguistic, and cultural communities; urban and rural environments; and others.
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