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Become an Early

Learner Community

We are seeing great success from communities who have taken on the early learner movement. Get involved today!


It takes a village!


Let's raise a community of early learners. Through our campaign and support from other communities, your community can benefit by becoming part of the movement. 

What does it mean to be an early learner community?

This is a commitment to improving the access and quality of early learning experiences and environments for the children in your community. Early Learning Communities are places that promote learning and development prenatally through the early years of elementary school, making sure that the “building blocks” for early and lifelong success are in place. An Early Learning Community employs targeted strategies to ensure that all children, families, and communities have equitable opportunities to reach these outcomes.

The process your leadership will take depends on where your community is at with early learning and is tailored to start with existing early learning opportunities, supports, and systems. The goals and commitments that are set by a community are there to benefit not only the children and the families but the community as a whole.


Ways to get involved


Access the Early Learning Toolkit. This toolkit will help you start the conversation in your community and will provide you and your community with support. Also, access our Marketing Materials to help you spread the word.


If your community is already into the process, you should look into the National League of Cities "Early Learning Community Action Guide"


Become involved with the Early Learner SD work! We encourage you to join the state work at any time! There are a multitude of ways you can help. Contact us to see what your strengths can do in your area.


Have more questions?

We would love to give you more ideas on how to share the importance of early learning in your community.

We have resources!

There are so many free tools and resources out there. We have compiled a few to get you started.

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