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Many states made significant strides in 2023 toward universal pre-K, increased funding and support for early childhood educators, and improved early literacy and math instruction. State boards of education can draw from a rich playbook of state policy actions in 2023 to inform their 2024 plans.

These leading states have recognized the impact of high-quality early childhood education (ECE) on a child’s later college and career readiness and success in life. Yet disparities in program access, quality, and resource allocation continue to deprive many young children and their families of adequate support. By investigating and applying state boards’ authority and their impact in collaborating with legislatures and governors, more states can develop effective policies to strengthen the ECE system and ensure equitable access to high-quality learning for young children.

This update reflects information gathered from news reports and state board meeting agendas and minutes that chronicle state policy activity in 2023 affecting children’s access to education from birth to third grade. While not a comprehensive review of state actions last year, this report does provide a snapshot of trending issues and approaches. …


State Advances in Early Childhood Education Seed Plans for 2024



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