After receiving dozens of applications and collecting feedback on them from diverse review teams, the Alliance for Early Success (the Alliance) announced today that 16 states are finalists for Child Care NEXT — a grant program to support transformational change in a state’s child-care system.
The Alliance for Early Success has two key allies in Wisconsin: Kids Forward and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. Kids Forward provides research, public education, and advocacy for the development and implementation of public policy that improves child and family well-being in health, economic security, safety, and education.
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association is the state affiliate of NAEYC, a founding member of the state Early Learning Coalition, and on the state Prenatal to 3 Coalition. The advocacy team engages in state level early childhood policy and budget work, including running advocacy campaigns and fully engaging their membership. They developed and maintain Forward for Kids — an advocacy network of early childhood educators and individuals who support WECA’s work.