As part of its national efforts to support leaders and build thriving communities that improve outcomes for all young children prenatal through age 8, and families, NLC is working with teams of community and municipal leaders from 21 cities across the county to move their local agendas forward for early childhood success.

This peer learning initiative will delve into key municipal policy fundamentals that are the bedrock of equitable and impactful municipal policy for early childhood success. These fundamentals include: embedding equity in how business is done; policy and practice evaluation; the examination of local leadership and governance structures; collaboration across departments; the alignment of city, county and state objectives and actions; and the financing and resourcing of programs and services.

Teams with municipal and community leaders from 21 cities are participating in this new peer learning community of practice include:

  • Birmingham, Alabama

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • Detroit, Michigan

  • Flagstaff, Arizona

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Jackson, Mississippi 

  • Kansas City, Missouri

  • Louisville, Kentucky

  • Madison, Wisconsin

  • Mesa, Arizona

  • Monroe, Louisiana

  • Oakland, California

  • Orlando, Florida

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Rapid City, South Dakota

  • Richmond, Virginia

  • San Antonio, Texas

  • San Francisco, California

  • Seattle, Washington

  • Tempe, Arizona

  • Tucson, Arizona

This initiative is generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and builds on NLC’s previous work to build equity in early care and education systems

Interested in learning more? Join NLC for our interactive Early Childhood Municipal Policy 101 webinar series. Our next webinar on Local Leadership and Governance Structures will be on Tue, Nov 17 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET. Register here. 

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