Local Funding for Early Learning: A Community Toolkit
Local Government 101
Existing Funding Streams
Local Funding Options
Elizabeth Gaines, Senior Fellow, The Forum for Youth Investment
“I don’t often see this level of quality work – so you are to be congratulated for the accomplishment. And as President of the UNC School of Government Foundation, I am really pleased to see you using the great resources of the institution that gave me my start in public service.”
Ed Kitchen, VP and COO of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Jennie Eblen, Co-Chair, Asheville Buncombe Preschool Planning Collaborative
David Jackson, President and CEO, Boone, NC Area Chamber of Commerce
In the News
Philadelphia’s Beverage Tax Found to Positively Affect Maternal and Infant Health
In 2016, the City Council implemented the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (PBT) to fund a free pre-K program (PHLpreK) and several other educational and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. Seven years later, researchers have discovered that the tax is also having...
Data Shows That Seattle’s Preschool Program Is A Wise Investment
The Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) is preparing to open applications for the 2023-24 school year and announces expansions across the region. The program provides high-quality early learning experiences, including pre-kindergarten, to Seattle children, and according...
Louisville Mayor Looks to Cincinnati Preschool Promise to Create Universal Pre-K
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg is looking to tap the knowledge and experience of the Cincinnati Preschool Promise for this Kentucky "sister city." Starting in November 2016, Cincinnati voters approved, and in 2020 renewed, a property tax referendum to dedicate $15...
It Takes a Community
The tools and resources included in this toolkit are the result of countless conversations and working group sessions. We are grateful for their commitment to young children and their willingness to contribute their time and expertise to this project.