How Members are Prioritizing Early Learning
February 21, 2017

2017 Outlook

Early learning remains as a moderate priority for the Network in 2017, as scarce time and resources mean many organizations are focusing on other policy issues this year. For members focused on early learning policies, expanding access to quality pre-K remains a top issue. Early learning policies could gain traction as advocates take a wait-and-see approach with the new presidential administration.

Key Takeaways

  • 28 percent of respondents said this issue was a high priority or on the to-do list for their organizations.
  • Of the organizations prioritizing early learning, most are are working to expand pre-K access.
  • Early learning could be an issue that gains momentum in 2017. 42 percent of respondents are watching the issue carefully.

State Snapshot

14 members in 13 states including D.C. are planning to engage on this issue, either as a high priority or on the to-do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list.

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said early learning was a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Sarah for an e-intro.

6 Organizations said Increasing early learning access is a high priority

  • Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • Idaho Business for Education
  • League of Education Voters
  • Mississippi First
  • Stand for Children Louisiana
  • Stand for Children Massachusetts

Looking for expertise or thought partners on literacy issues? 

Below are advocates who offered to be thought partners or resources on this issue.

Organization Name and Title Expertise
Stand for Children Massachusetts Ranjini Govender Early education
Mississippi First Rachel Canter Pre-K

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