National Policy Consultation

With expertise in policy, law and advocacy, we help make early childhood education a priority in 23 states and Washington D.C.

The national policy team works with state and local leaders to build, coordinate, and protect the early childhood services and infrastructure essential to giving young, at-risk children an opportunity at success. Please email us with any questions you have about our work.

Read our 2019 State Policy Update on early childhood legislation across the country. The report includes detailed legislative changes across 33 states organized by category, data on policy trends, and stories from advocates in the field.


Among the many ways we help partner states build and maintain their early education systems:

  • Directing resources to programs and services that help the country’s youngest and most vulnerable children ages birth to 5 years old
  • Promoting and implementing proven, high-quality early childhood practices
  • Providing access to practices in a range of settings and models
  • Emphasizing investment in building the infrastructure and coordination of systems*

*A fully-realized system includes investments in early learning and program standards, curriculum, assessment, family engagement, professional development, quality improvement supports and accountability.


The national policy team works with advocates, government officials, policymakers, local philanthropists and business leaders to support change in early childhood public policy. These partnerships are made by:

  • Providing individualized and substantive strategy and consultation
  • Providing timely policy analysis and thought leadership to address current and emerging policy opportunities and challenges in the field
  • Facilitating a Policy Exchange for state-to-state learning and networking
  • Creating a network for local policymakers who can offer insights into local-level strategies
  • Supporting Educare Schools and the Educare Learning Network in the development of their policy and advocacy work


We regularly provide resources and backgrounders to advocates in the field, as well as publish the Ounce Policy Conversations series, and distribute the Policy Digest and Policy Update. We are a member of the Alliance for Early Success.

You can also visit our resources page for policymakers.