Recent State Policy Advances
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.
Colorado Allies Led Forward-Thinking Efforts That Resulted in Bold Wins for Children, Families, and Their Communities
Colorado allies forged new advocacy relationships for bold and ambitious changes for their communities. As a result, a plethora of legislative bills passed to strengthen equity and access by addressing critical issues facing Coloradans.
Vermont allies at Let’s Grow Kids have been working diligently to advocate for H.171 as part of a three-year campaign to transform the state’s child care system. The monumental bill passed with full support across party lines, making child care more accessible and affordable.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill re-released two studies on the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts (PA PKC) program that showed a strong return on the state’s investment. Pennsylvania allies leveraged the new research during the most recent legislative session to garner more funding for PA PKC – $25 million more.
Alliance Rapid Response Informs West Virginia Strategy to Defeat Repeal of State’s Personal Income Tax
Alliance allies in West Virginia helped organize a broad coalition to defeat the repeal of the state’s income tax. TEAM for West Virginia Children utilized Alliance for Early Success Rapid Response to support advocacy and coalition-building efforts.
The New York legislature passed a new, progressive, annual budget in state revenue that will fully fund its school aid formula. Additionally, New York will allocate federal relief dollars to support significant policy changes in child care.
The Alliance for Early Success has announced that five states have been selected for Child Care NEXT, an initiative to support in-state coalitions that are ready to mount long-term campaigns to achieve transformative change in their state’s child-care policies and funding.
Louisiana celebrated big revenue wins during the 2021 legislative session for early care and education, including allocating sports betting revenue and specialty NBA Pelican license plate revenues to the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Fund. The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children and other partners also succeeded in other efforts to promote broad investment for Louisiana children and families.
Illinois Announces Significant Expansion of Financial Assistance for Families Seeking Child Care and Providers
Illinois has announced a significant expansion of financial assistance for both families and providers that allow children to return to quality, affordable child care programs. Eighty percent of families will pay less for child care under this latest round of changes, to be administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
Washington state passed the Fair Start for Kids Act due to the collaboration of a broad-based coalition led by our Allies at the Children’s Alliance. Allies in Washington state also seized the opportunity during the 2021 legislative session to think and act boldly and leverage federal relief dollars to improve early care and education policies and funding.
The Children’s Movement of Florida collaborated with statewide partners to advocate for an increase in quality and accountability to the state’s pre-k system. During the 2021 legislative session with bipartisan support, Florida passed the Early Learning and Early Grade Success bill.
Arizona Allies Continue Fight Against Funding for Developmentally Inappropriate Online Early Learning Programs
Early childhood advocates in Arizona successfully blocked state funding for an online preschool program in 2020, and they are continuing to fight against additional attempts to fund these programs this year. While there is a huge need for expanded access to preschool in the state, advocates argue that online learning programs are developmentally inappropriate for young learners and a poor use of scarce resources.
In 2020, early childhood advocates from The Prichard Committee in Kentucky formed a task force on education preparation and professional learning. The task force released policy recommendations, which have already resulted in new proposed legislation to advance educator preparation and support early literacy instruction.