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Wyoming

Our allies in Wyoming at Wyoming Kids First lead a public-private partnership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies that affect children, families, and the early childhood workforce. Wyoming Kids First simultaneously works at the local and state level to advance a comprehensive vision for Wyoming’s youngest children.

State Allies:

Wyoming Kids First • Casper, WY
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Top Priorities for 2021

Elevate child care and early learning as critical infrastructure that supports families and helps communities thrive.

Leverage early childhood coordination and systems alignment to advance policies that put children and families first.

Increase the direct investment of early childhood dollars—federal and state—into local capacities, programs, children, and families.

Wyoming’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$1.63B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

ALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R),
Governor (R)

35% LOW-INCOME
22,384 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Resources are scarce in Wyoming, especially given significant K-12 budget shortfalls projected for the next several years. The approach has been to maximize the use and impact of current federal and state dollars and to leverage private partnerships for additional investments. The COVID-19 public health crisis disrupted the original plan for advocacy, and Wyoming Kids First adjusted course to advocate for child care programs and early childhood educators across the state.

*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.

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 cover to go to the download page.

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 Wyoming early childhood policy.