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Our key allies in Utah at United Way of Salt Lake provide backbone support for and work through the Promise Partnership Regional Council, a cross sector partnership working to ensure every child in Utah has the opportunity to succeed in school and life. The Partnership focuses on creating lasting social change by addressing systemic challenges, scaling practices that work, and leveraging its influence to create alignment and political will.

State Allies:

United Way of Salt Lake • Salt Lake City, UT
Promise Partnership Regional Council • Salt Lake City, UT
Top Priorities for 2021

Protect current investments in both preschool and full-day kindergarten to ensure children are able to access these essential early childhood education programs.

Build upon existing opportunities to strengthen Utah’s early childhood system so that private and public systems work together to support every child.

Facilitate the creation of a statewide alliance of child care providers and stakeholders to align data and resources, as well as to give a coherent voice and collective power for the entire industry.

Engage parents and child care providers in strengthening Utah’s early childhood system so that it meets the needs of children and their families.

Utah’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

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

139,922 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

The general session ended on March 12, and quarantine began the next week. Utah had four special sessions. Significant wins in preschool and full-day kindergarten were overturned due to the pandemic. While almost all state programs either received no new funding or were cut, our allies secured a substantial increase for optional extended-day kindergarten, which means thousands more children will be able to access a full-day program during the 2020/21 school year.

*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 Utah:

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 Utah early childhood policy.