Recent State Policy Wins
Expanded investment. Restructured agencies. New caucuses, committees, and coalitions. Read about all the ways our allies on the front lines are making their state a better place for each and every child to reach their full potential.
North Carolina Allies Center Lived Experience and Racial Equity to Strengthen the Early Childhood Social-Emotional Health System
Advocates at NC Child partnered with the NC Early Childhood Foundation to launch the EarlyWell Initiative in 2019 to lead the implementation of recommendations from the Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Action Framework. The EarlyWell initiative is informed by the voices of parents and caregivers to ensure that system best reflects the needs and lived experiences of North Carolina communities.
In this webinar, the Alliance for Early Success and Early Learning Nation bring together some of the providers and advocates behind the high-visibility “Morning Without Child Care” recently organized in Connecticut. Panelists shared how they organized the events in a short time span, the tools that made the effort successful, and their advice for advocates who want to plan a similar effort in their states.
Nevada allies at the Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) have convened parents since 2019 through their Strong Start for Children Parent Ambassador program, which mobilizes parents to become involved in early childhood policy and advocacy. The program relaunched virtually in 2021, transforming its outreach efforts to be more equitable and representative of Nevada’s communities.
First Five SC is a new comprehensive portal that aims to increase access and knowledge of South Carolina public early childhood state system programs and services. The portal is unique to the state since it was created by responding to the needs and concerns of South Carolina parents and caregivers.
The Under 3 DC celebrates advocacy wins that led to $75 million that DC will use to begin to publicly fund increases in early childhood educators’ compensation. These efforts will begin movement towards a more equitable funding structure for ECE.
Indiana’s new Early Learning Access Index visualizes the factors that impact access to high-quality early care and education opportunities beyond the county level, down to individual census tracts, including in rural communities.
Allies and Policymakers Make New Jersey the Second State in the Nation to Offer Families Universal Home Visiting
With the passage and signing of S690 in 2021, New Jersey universal home visiting became a reality. The legislation establishes a statewide newborn home visitation program in the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, making the state the second in the nation with this level of home visitation.
Elevating parent voices is a powerful form of advocacy. As allies have knowledge of the policy process, parents have lived experiences and insight on what is wrong and can be improved. Allies gathered to learn from peers how states are working to include parents in their policy development and advocacy strategy.
Voices for Vermont’s Children built momentum for economic justice through their advocacy approach paired with consistent messaging. These allies work in partnership with coalitions and use outcome impact data to ensure that Reach Up will meet families’ basic needs for the well-being of Vermont children.
Early childhood advocates in Arkansas recently joined forces to empower ECE professionals to influence the use of child care funds from the federal government and to share their stories and ideas with policymakers.
In spite of a highly charged and combative state legislative session that made national headlines, allies in Texas, Children at Risk and Texans Care for Children, worked to make sure support for early childhood issues maintained bipartisan support — and their efforts paid off with one of the more productive legislative sessions for children and families.
Georgia Allies Leverage Alabama Early Childhood Mental Health Progress for Big Wins in Their Own State
Georgia allies at GEEARS are celebrating the creation of a new task force for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Allies leveraged a cross-state partnership with Alabama’s IECMH coordinator to support progress. GEEARS organized efforts for a legislative study committee that led to the creation of recommendations, which will be carried out by the task force.