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State Revenue Stories

It can be done. States across the country are expanding access and increasing quality with innovative funding strategies. These state early childhood revenue stories can help other states replicate their success.


Maryland (02/2022) – Maryland Makes History with the Nation’s First Digital Ad Tax for Kids

California (10/2021) – Lawmakers Put a 12.5 Percent Tax on Electronic Cigarettes to Help Pay for Early Education Programs and Public Health Education.

West Virginia (08/2021) – Alliance Rapid Response Informs West Virginia Strategy to Defeat Repeal of State’s Personal Income Tax, Alliance for Early Success

District of Columbia (07/2021) – Council Members Raise Taxes on High-Income Residents to Provide Recurring Revenue for Birth to Three and More, DC Line

Virginia (07/2021) –Virginia Passes Cannabis Measure with an Excise Tax That Will Fund Pre-K, Virginia Act of Assembly

New York (07/2021) – New York Allies Win a Decade-Long Fight for New Education Revenue and Bold Changes to Child Care, Alliance for Early Success

Louisiana (06/2021) – Legislators Approve Sports Betting, with 25% of the Revenue Generated Dedicated to Early LearningAssociated Press

Rhode Island (03/2021) – Successful bond measure authorizes the state to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $15 million for renovations of licensed early childhood care and education facilities through an Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund.

Colorado (11/2020) – Proposition EE, Nicotine Tax Measure for Universal Preschool, Cruises to Victory, Chalkbeat Colorado

Oregon (05/2019) — Student Success Act Adds Annual Funding of $200 Million to Support Early Learning, Oregon Department of Education 

Washington (04/2020) — Washington State Kicks Off Major Tax Fight with New Capital Gains Levy, The Hill


Wisconsin (04/2022) – A Coalition of Caring: How Wisconsin Advocates Are Building a System of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers (Strategic Financing Plans)

New Mexico (08/2021) – Understanding the Cost of Quality Child Care in New Mexico: A Cost Estimation Model to Inform Subsidy Rate Setting, P>5 Fiscal Strategies

New Mexico (09/2019) — Reflections on New Mexico’s Participation in CEELO’s State Administrative Cost of Quality Budget Tool Pilot, Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

Minnesota (04/2021) — Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education in Minnesota, Transforming Minnesota’s Early Childhood Workforce Leadership Team  

Washington (10/2018) — Estimating State Administrative Costs for Washington’s Universal Pre-K Program, Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes