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.
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.
Vermont Allies Make Strides Towards Economic Justice and Equity
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.
Allies in Arkansas Are Building Advocacy Capacity in the ECE Provider Community
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 Divisive Texas Policy Climate, Advocates Build Consensus on Early Childhood Legislation
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.
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.
Monumental Child Care Bill Passes in Vermont with Full Support Across Party Lines
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.
Pennsylvania Allies Leverage Pre-K Impact Research to Win $25 Million in New Funding
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.
New York Allies Win a Decade-Long Fight for New Education Revenue and Bold Changes to Child Care
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.
Five States Announced as Recipients of Major New Child Care NEXT Transformation Grants
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.
Innovative Revenue Wins for Early Care and Education in Louisiana
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.