Public Policy Agenda

Local, state, and federal government policies significantly impact how early childhood care and education are funded, provided, and supported. These policies affect the ability of communities to respond to the needs and rights of young children, their families, and the early care and education professionals who interact with them. To ensure policymakers understand the importance of high-quality early care and education, it is critical to educate and engage with them regularly about early childhood access, affordability, and quality policies.

A leading advocate for high-quality early care and education and expert policy resource, Trying Together mobilizes its network to advocate together on issues important to early childhood professionals, children, and families in western Pennsylvania.


2017–2018 Trying Together Public Policy Agenda

Do What’s Best for Children

  • Advance the use of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • End early childhood suspensions and expulsions.
  • Make inclusion the norm.
Research and Reports

Invest Adequately

  • Increase access to high quality pre-kindergarten (pre-k) classrooms.
  • Increase access to high-quality infant and toddler care.
  • Provide resources for child care providers to increase and maintain quality.
  • Transform the early childhood profession.
Research and Reports

Enhance Quality

  • Align quality ratings to the factors that improve child outcomes through positive interactions.
  • Leverage resources and partnerships.
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