How Members Are Prioritizing Early Learning in 2019
December 11, 2018

2019 Outlook

Many new governors included early learning as a priority during their recent campaigns, and advocates are looking to capitalize on that momentum in 2019. Advocates’ early learning priorities include increasing funding for kindergarten and pre-k, along with other select programs. Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.

Key Takeaways

  • As a recent innovation, a few members are focusing on policies to encourage public/private partnerships in the early learning space.
  • Since many states have already established state-funded early learning programs, a majority of advocacy on this topic is focused on improving access.
  • Members such as the Prichard Committee and The Education Trust–New York are exploring policies to better serve children from birth to pre-K.

State Snapshot

Thirteen PIE Network members in 13 states are planning to prioritize early learning issues in 2019.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who plan to work on similar early learning policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Lukas for an introduction.

Early Learning  

  • CO Stand for Children Colorado: Funding for full-day kindergarten
  • DE Rodel Foundation of Delaware: Secure funding to advance quality early learning
  • GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Expand CAPS funding to meet the needs of childcare providers and their families
  • ID Idaho Business for Education: Early education for four-year olds
  • IN Stand for Children Indiana: Expand pre-K
  • KS Aligned: Increase funding in state foundation formula to provide access to all 3- and 4-year old children
  • KS Aligned: Implement legislation that allows for pre-K contracting/collaboration between public schools and community providers
  • KY Prichard Committee: Support pilot programs for infant/toddler care in family settings
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Increase access to high-quality early childcare
  • MI The Education Trust-Midwest: Improve early childhood education
  • MS Mississippi First: Raise the rate of state pre-K funding and collect pre-K and childcare data for next pre-K report
  • NY The Education Trust–New York: Expand access to evidence-based home visiting, affordable and high-quality child care, and universal connections that link families with very young children and expectant mothers to services
  • TX Texas Aspires: Expand access to early childhood education
  • WA League of Education Voters: Increase access to state-funded early childhood education program

Expertise on this Issue

Advocates from across the Network have offered to thought partner on the following issues within this policy area:

Click here to explore the full 2019 Network Member Priorities overview.


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