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April Newsletter

Our 2022 Impact Snapshot

We’re committed to building a movement of children’s funding advocates at the state and local levels. Thanks to our collaboration with communities and partners like you, in 2022 we provided technical assistance to 15 states in our fiscal mapping cohort, 27 voter-approved children's fund managers, 11 communities pursuing a children’s fund, and more. Read about our work together in our 2022 impact snapshot.

By coaching local leaders and advocates, we aim to give every community the tools it needs to fully fund kids’ programs and services. We hope you join us in 2023 and beyond as we continue to expand equitable opportunities for children and youth! 

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What's New

Blending and Braiding to Build an Equitable Early Care and Education System—Lessons from New York City

How did New York City transform its pre-K system from a small, targeted program to serving nearly 100,000 children from birth to age five? In our new guest blog post Emmy Liss, former chief operating officer of New York City’s Division of Early Childhood Education, shares some of the lessons learned, including how the city blended and braided funding streams.

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Webinar: Using Cross-Agency Collaboration to Support Kids

Our CEO Elizabeth Gaines joined a panel hosted by the National Governors Association to discuss how states can use cross-agency collaboration like children's cabinets to support student well-being and efficiently use federal relief funding. This webinar is part of a series with education leaders and subject experts to address students' well-being.

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View Our Testimony on Financing Strategies for Child Care in Vermont

Kate Ritter, our senior manager of cost modeling, was asked by the Vermont House Committee on Human Services to provide expert guidance on how the state can finance child care for its kids. She explained the importance of cost modeling, implementing a compensation scale for early educators, and more.

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In Case You Missed It

How One City is Using Its Fiscal Map Findings

Over the last year, we worked with Oakland Thrives to map the $1 billion spent on children and youth in the city. Check out this inside look at the process and our recommendations for Oakland leaders.

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2023 State Legislative Session Preview

Reminder to check out this blog post, where we highlight the forward-thinking state leaders across the political spectrum who are proposing investments for children, youth, and families.

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Spotlight on Infants and Toddlers

This month we’re highlighting resources that support our society’s youngest members: babies and toddlers. In the last year, we’ve seen some major wins for early childhood education at the ballot box in New Mexico and Whatcom County, WA. For an insider’s look at how campaigns and programs like these have succeeded, check out our case studies on Louisiana’s child care advocacy and New Orleans’ new early childhood millage. We also have a spotlight on a children’s fund with an early childhood education focus in San Miguel County, CO.

For more resources on infants and toddlers, check out the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child and join the social media campaign this week. We all succeed when our youngest kids do.

Read the Election Recap
Read the Louisiana Case Study
Read the New Orleans, LA,  Case Study
Read the San Miguel County, CO, Spotlight

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