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.
The 2018 state legislative session did not yield child-focused investments or policy, but some consequences were avoided. Allies’ child care priorities garnered broad bipartisan support throughout the legislative session and were included in the supplemental budget bill that both the House and Senate passed. The budget bill, however, also included problematic provisions, including one that could have had the unintended consequence of removing eligible individuals from public programs.
The Louisiana Legislature finished its regular and three special sessions with both good and bad news for young children and their families.
Now that the 2018 regular session of the Colorado General Assembly is completed, we’re adding up all the big wins for Colorado’s young children and families.
Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan Coalition Wins Increased Overall Spending on the Child Care Subsidy
The Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan continued its advocacy for high-quality, affordable child care and worked with advocates and policymakers to develop and prioritize policy options for investing new CCDBG funds. In the FY2019 budget, lawmakers increased overall spending on the child care subsidy to reflect increased enrollment in the program.
New legislation means substantial funding increases in School Readiness will be in alignment with improved standards and funding needed by early learning providers to ensure quality early learning programs for children. These complex but crucial advancements are the result of years and years of advocacy.
Oregon advocates have a clear message for state policymakers: early childhood programs are critical to keeping children healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
This spring, state lawmakers approved an $18.5 million expansion of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program.
By any reckoning, we live in an extraordinary political moment, and the impact of these tumultuous times on young children in Maryland and nationwide remains to be seen.
On August 14, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law HB2663, legislation aimed at ending the practice of expelling infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from their early childhood programs.
Dust off your telescopes because the stars are aligning. No, I’m not talking about the solar eclipse.