The Alliance for Early Success invests in three areas to achieve effective policies, smarter funding, and better outcomes for young children.

  1. Advocacy to strengthen traditional and non-traditional voices to act as champions for vulnerable young children and their families.
  2. Policymaker leadership to inform policy and budget actions by governors, legislators, chief education officers, and state administrators.
  3. Knowledge and research to serve as a base for effective communications, user-friendly information, policy analyses, and information sharing.

We invest in national organizations and experts who make up our Technical Assistance (TA) Network. The TA Network changes as we identify needs, gaps, and new ways to support state policy change.  All of our TA Network grants include funds for Rapid Response. Rapid Response is immediate support that helps seize an unforeseen policy and funding opportunity, or fend of an unexpected crisis.

Support from the TA Network is available to all 50 states. We also provide direct supports to more than half of the states to advance policy initiatives on the ground including a subset who receive grants.



The Alliance begins the grant making process in May, and awards most grants on September 1.  The majority of grants are solicited, but national not-for-profit organizations may submit unsolicited requests Wendy Elliott.

The Alliance does not accept unsolicited grants from state organizations.  State organizations must be invited to apply.