In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed a comprehensive early learning agenda and called on Congress to expand access to home visiting, high quality child care, and preschool for every child in America. In 2014, he repeated that request, and called together “a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need.” Scientists and economists alike agree— investing in high-quality early learning is the best human capital investment we can make as a nation. The purpose of this playbook is: 1. To support state, local, and tribal elected officials in conveying the importance of high- quality early learning to stakeholders in their communities; 2. To offer a snapshot of strategies, promising practices, and innovative ideas being employed in communities across the country; 3. To provide an overview of existing federal government and other resources that can support local efforts; 4. To encourage state, local, and tribal elected officials to assume leadership of building early learning plans in their communities, using their reach and relationships to engage business, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, educators, and families; and 5. To promote the use of the most up-to-date data to drive decision-making and provide a framework for tracking and reporting data moving forward. Read it here.