Start Early’s 2020 State Policy Update Report provides a snapshot of early childhood care and education budget and policy changes during the 2019-2020 legislative sessions (as of November 2020). All 50 states and Washington, D.C. were invited to complete our 2020 State Policy Update survey, and representatives from a total of 28 states and Washington, D.C. responded. This year, survey respondents were asked to categorize legislative, administrative and budgetary changes that occurred in the 2019-2020 sessions, and provide reflections on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic decline. As a result, we are able to offer a very robust report that illuminates trends and connects early childhood policy and funding advances across the country. This year’s findings illuminated movements across the early learning field and offered insights into work that needs to continue to happen to support children and families in the coming years. Below are some highlights from the report and policy recommendations from those who submitted survey responses. (author abstract)
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