Activating Leaders to Advance Early Learning: Local Leadership Cadre


High-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs are vital to a thriving state, its
economic development and its residents’ prosperity. Despite the growing importance of
the early learning sector, ECE initiatives remain fragmented and individual providers
often operate in isolation, lacking the community of public policy advocates, professional
service providers and other supports that surround K-12 education, health care and other
industries that have similar influence on a state’s broader aims. States that have
developed an effective early learning ecosystem are marked by diverse stakeholders
instigating and driving progress at the program, local and state levels.