Alliance for Early Success Senior Policy Director Albert Wat weighs in on the high expectations we have of the Early Care and Learning workforce during this crisis -- and how it is misaligned with the low regard we have shown the field in the past.
Alliance for Early Success’ California ally, Children Now, continues to push for expansion of voluntary evidence-based home visiting in California. Read about the state's significant progress that is projected to double evidence-based home visiting, and about the critical work still ahead that will reduce complexity across funding streams and set the foundation for further expansion over the long term.
Advocates from several states recently began a "beneficiary voices" project that focuses on incorporating deep listening as a crucial component of policy solution development. Dana Hepper, Policy Director at the Children's Institute (Oregon), recounts the project kickoff -- a site visit to the incredibly diverse town of Clarkston, GA.
In September, the Alliance for Early Success organized a national conference on the early childhood education profession. The meeting was an opportunity for 200+ state leaders, advocates, national experts, and early childhood educators to share promising strategies and lessons learned thus far, and to engage each other on the future.
The Alliance played a big role in Louisiana allies' success in putting early childhood issues front and center in last month's Louisiana governor's race. In this post, Alliance for Early Success Executive Director Lisa Klein tells the story.
Cecilia Zalkind, President & CEO of Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), announces that their state is increasing funding for child care subsidies by $54 million this year — and she shines the spotlight on her team's effective campaign about the need to increase subsidies to help child care programs meet the new minimum wage for staff salaries.
Ohio’s 2019 state budget process had an unprecedented focus on investing in Ohio’s youngest children. Lynanne Gutierrez, Policy Director and Legal Counsel for Groundwork Ohio, reports on their team's work throughout the year meeting with and connecting stakeholders to policymakers, engaging legislative staff, and elevating the issues facing Ohio's young children.
Members of the 101st Illinois General Assembly have passed — and the Governor has signed — a budget that provides substantial funding for the state’s early childhood system. The final budget, passed with bipartisan support, came together several days after the traditional May 31st adjournment date. Take a look at the major steps forward the state made for young children and families.