The Education program’s goal for its national work is to develop coherent early childhood education systems in 5 to 7 states that will enable children from families with low incomes and children of color to reach their full potential.
In order to make progress toward this goal, this line of grantmaking focuses on systems building at the state level. Functional early childhood systems at the state level include several critical elements, three of which include effective governance, durable financing, and a well-prepared and well-compensated workforce of early educators. The Education program focuses its investments in these three elements because they have an outsized impact on the functioning of early childhood systems as a whole, which ultimately results in positive impacts on children’s learning and well-being.
Informed by this approach, three of the Education program’s major investments include:
In addition to this focus on systems building at the state level, the Education program’s national grantmaking has long supported policy advocacy and grassroots organizing to increase public investment in early childhood education at the federal level.