March 23, 2021

Trying Together 2021-2022 Public Policy Agenda Released

Trying Together released its 2021-2022 Public Policy Agenda, which prioritizes fair, just, and inclusive policies and practices that address the inequities impacting children, families, and educators.


Policy Agenda Overview

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.

With an explicit focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in its 2021-2022 Public Policy Agenda, Trying Together is calling upon all caregivers, community members, and early childhood educators to embrace the responsibility to ensure that each child and family is safe from racism and discrimination, and has equitable opportunities to thrive. The agenda outlines 16 priorities to:

  • Invest significantly in and strengthen the early learning infrastructure.
  • Focus on equitable and developmentally appropriate care and learning.
  • Elevate the early childhood workforce.
  • Build connections and leverage partnerships to support health, wellness, and the community.

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).

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