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Early Childhood Policy

Quality early childhood learning and development set our future workforce on a trajectory to become successful, productive members of society. A key step that chambers of commerce are taking to support this development is incorporating early childhood education into their economic development strategies and policy agendas. By advocating on behalf of our youngest community members, chambers are planting the seeds for a competitive future workforce.

Chambers Supporting Early Childhood Policy

Chambers position early childhood under their education and workforce development legislative agendas through advocating for pre-k access and expansion, child care quality assurance, funding for child care assistance, advanced youth literacy standards, and increased youth healthcare access.

Resources

  • View sample early childhood position statements here.
  • Alliance for Early Success strives to advance state policies that lead to improved health, learning, and economic outcomes for young children.
    • Policy Framework - A state policy roadmap that outlines three priority areas essential for the development of children on the birth through age 8 continuum: health, family support, and learning.
  • First Five Years Fund provides a collection of free, downloadable infographics, videos, and letters that your chamber can use to convey its policy investment in early childhood education.
  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund seeks to ensure that all children have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.
    • Early Childhood Advocacy Toolkit - Includes resources and samples for message framing, working with the media, letter templates, common acronyms list, and more.
    • Talking Points to use to convey your investment to members and key officials.
  • ReadyNation is a leading business leader organization working to strengthen business through better policies for children and youth.
    • Advocacy Toolkit - Includes resources to help business leaders make the case for early childhood policy, and includes industry-specific communication briefs.

Related Chamberpedia Pages

To highlight your organization's work, please submit a sample here. For more information about the Education Attainment Division, visit www.acce.org/ead or email ead@acce.org.

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Last Updated: 10/9/2017

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