Policymakers, administrators, researchers, and advocates convene in Washington, DC to improve state policies for young children

Scientists, economists, teachers, and doctors agree, the early years of a child’s life establish the foundation for success in school and in life. A range of state policies play an important role in putting children on the right path starting at birth, and keeping them on the path as they enter elementary school and continue through grade three.

On April 15-16, 2013, 150 people from 30 states convened in Washington, DC for a national meeting on “State Policy Levers that Put Children on the Path to Success.” The Alliance for Early Success (formerly, the Birth to Five Policy Alliance) co-sponsored this meeting with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The meeting brought together policymakers, administrators, researchers, and advocates to:

  • Share research as a base for effective programs, systems, and policies, starting a birth and continuing through age 8 and grade three;
  • Highlight how states like Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Oregon, and Massachusetts, are leveraging education and health care reform to put children on a path to success
  • Hear from federal administrators with the latest information on how federal policies can support state efforts
  • Provide opportunities for partnerships to develop between states, national experts, and state policymakers working on related issues

The Alliance will release a Birth to Eight State Policy Framework and participants will hear how states are passing and implementing legislation on these policies, including: pre-kindergarten, home visiting, quality rating improvement and systems (QRIS), and early childhood assessment. One-on-one consultation sessions with national experts on topics of interest will also be available at the meeting.

Helene Stebbins, Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success (April 16, 2013)