Public Policy Agenda

For more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the fragility of and inequities in the child care system. Families were already struggling with a lack of accessible and affordable high-quality child care options while programs fought to retain a quality workforce that was sorely undercompensated and undervalued. Now programs face loss of enrollment, along with new federal and state health requirements. As such, our 2021-2022 agenda prioritizes fair, just, and inclusive policies and practices that address the inequities impacting children, families, and educators.

In order to achieve its policy goals at the state, federal, and local level, Trying Together collaborates with public, private, and philanthropic stakeholders to mobilize and demand change.

Download the 2021-2022 Trying Together Public Policy Agenda (PDF).


2021-2022 Trying Together Public Policy Agenda

Invest significantly in and strengthen the early learning infrastructure.

  • Advocate for investments to increase access and quality.
  • Address the unique needs of all child care providers.

Focus on equitable and developmentally appropriate care and learning.

  • Prevent and reduce the use of harmful, exclusionary discipline practices.
  • Promote anti-racist, culturally- and linguistically responsive, equitable, and inclusive early childhood environments.
  • Advance developmentally appropriate practice in culture, learning, and teaching.
  • Elevate the critical role of play in children’s development and learning.

Elevate the early childhood workforce.

  • Advocate for family thriving compensation.
  • Support professional growth opportunities.
  • Expand diversity within leadership roles.
  • Engage and mobilize early childhood professionals and families.

Build connections and leverage partnerships to support health, wellness, and the community.

    • Support mental health programming and services for children and families.
    • Support the economic stability of families and communities.
    • Connect with pediatricians to ensure regular well-child visits and developmental screenings.
    • Collaborate with organizations focused on health insurance coverage.
    • Support Paid Family Medical Leave.
    • Strive for lead free environments.


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2019-2020 Public Policy Agenda

The 2019-2020 Trying Together Public Policy Agenda outlines nine priorities to:

Do What’s Best for Children

Invest Adequately

Enhance Quality


Image: An early learning professional sits on the floor with three young children, playing together with a box of colored pencils and paper.
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