Effective Systems

Early Education for All: A Strategic Political Campaign for High-Quality Early Education in Massachusetts


Learn how to build a successful political movement around universal Pre-K. Individual sections cover strategic planning, developing messages, involving both likely and unlikely allies, resolving conflicts within the coalition, grassroots organizing, and working with state legislators.

The Early Education for All Campaign (EEA), launched in 2000, made publicly funded early education for Massachusetts’ three-, four-, and five-year-olds a top public policy priority. The campaign is part of a larger movement across the United States to create a coordinated, high-quality early education experience for all children from prekindergarten through third grade. Though some of the challenges involved in passing An Act Establishing Early Education for All are state-specific, the six strategies employed in Massachusetts by Strategies for Children (SFC), the umbrella nonprofit organization created to oversee the EEA campaign, can inform other state efforts to establish universal high-quality early education.

The Foundation for Child Development Policy Brief Early Education for All: Six Strategies to Build a Movement for Universal Early Education by Alyssa Rayman-Read and Margaret Blood is also available for download.