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Kids Win Missouri is a non-partisan, statewide coalition comprised of more than 100 members, representing child well-being, early childhood development, education, health, child safety and family economic security. They work to advance policies that support the well-being of Missouri children through education, collaboration, and advocacy.

State Allies:

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Kids WinMissouri • St. Louis, MO
Top Priorities for 2021

Expand access to voluntary, effective home visiting programs and services for families from prenatal to age 5.

Protect state funding for early childhood programs and services.

Develop a statewide “North Star” policy agenda that builds a stronger early childhood system in Missouri and increases access to high quality, equitable, and sustainable early care and education.

Missouri’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (R)

279,247 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

The COVID-19 pandemic shortened the time of the legislative session by about 30 percent, and its economic impact forced legislators to drastically change the proposed FY2021 budget. Within three weeks, budget leaders cut approximately $700 million from traditional revenue sources utilizing the budget proposed by Governor Parson in January as a baseline. The ally’s work during the session was a combination of defense and promoting relief for early learning stakeholders.

*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.

More from Missouri:

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 icon to download the report.

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 Missouri 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