Building an Early Learning Nation, One Community at a Time    

NLC is launching a unique regional technical assistance opportunity to advance strong agendas for young children and families within local government—the ELN Capacity Building Initiative. Cities, towns and villages continue to navigate unprecedented challenges, needing targeted support and coaching to address the complex issues that confront young children and their families. NLC’s Early Childhood Success team is dedicated to working with local government to develop strategic plans, provide subject matter expertise and connect with a network of over 70 cities for relevant peer learning.

The ELN Capacity Building Initiative is connected to an emerging collaborative body of work happening across the country in early learning to leverage resources, increase coordination and build alignment in partnership with six other national organizations and key local leaders. With continued start-up funding from the Bezos Family Foundation to implement the next stages of this vision, we are ready to build an Early Learning Nation. 

Technical Assistance Cohorts

Ten cities are currently engaged in technical assistance cohorts:

California Cohort:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Paula, CA

Mixed Geography Cohort:

  • Charleston, SC
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Louisville, KY

For questions and more information, please email