A New Name for a New Reality: The Ounce is Now Start Early

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URGENT: America's Early Childhood System is Collapsing

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Start Early's (formerly known as the Ounce) grassroots advocacy aims to improve the lives of young children and families by educating legislators and policymakers and urging them to prioritize early learning care at local, state and federal levels.

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State Policy Wins

With the help of your advocacy efforts, just last year, we informed or supported hundreds of positive actions, including:

  • An Illinois state budget that included $100 million in facilities funding for school districts and child care centers through the Early Childhood Construction Grant program. With these funds, early learning providers had resources to build new or update existing classrooms for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. (Fiscal Year 2019)
  • The implementation of Maine’s Early Childhood Consultation program where mental health professionals work with teachers, providers and parents to promote social and emotional development, as well as manage challenging behaviors to further success in the classroom. (Fiscal Year 2019)
  • The Georgia Legislature approved $15 million to increase salaries by $3,000 for eligible pre-K and K-12 teachers in the state’s classrooms. (Fiscal Year 2019)
  • Washington State passed $7.6 million to expand access to a portfolio of home visiting services for new mothers. (Fiscal Year 2019)

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