Creating the Conditions for Success: Expanding and Deepening State Leadership on Early Learning

7/1/2020 – 6-30/2022

7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021: $25,000

7/1/2021 – 76/30/2022: $30,000

The Hunt Institute hosted its 2020 Early Childhood Leadership Summit in December 2020 with content
differentiated for 12 new state teams and 15 returning state teams, totaling 259 participants over the two-day
Summit. New state teams were introduced to the basics of early childhood brain science, state governance
structures and the prenatal to three policy landscape, as well as a closing “fireside chat” featuring Governor
Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Governor Mike Parson (R-Missouri), and Governor Phil Bryant (R-Mississippi). Returning
states were exposed to content on early childhood as an investment in equity, state funding mechanisms and
the impact of COVID-19 on the American child care industry, and a fireside chat featuring Senator Tim Kaine (D3
Virginia), Governor Ralph Northam (D-Virginia), Governor Jim Douglas (R-Vermont), and Lieutenant Governor
Howie Morales (D-New Mexico). Following the Summit, The Hunt Institute provided technical assistance to state teams, supported early childhood governance transitions in Alabama, New Mexico, Delaware, Missouri, and North Dakota, early childhood legislative caucus work in North Carolina, Oregon, Arkansas, and Michigan, and provided COVID-related technical assistance to state teams across the nation.