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Take Action on the FY20 Proposed Budget

March 01, 2019

Alaska, Education, Child Welfare,

On Feb. 13, 2019, Governor Dunleavy unveiled his proposed amended budget. 

The governor is asking that $1.6 billion be cut from the FY 2020 budget. This proposal includes severe cuts to the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) resources for Parents as Teachers home visiting program, PreK grants to school districts, Head Start including Early Head Start matching funds to receive federal dollars, and Best Beginnings Imagination Library support. The governor's proposal will drastically impact Alaska's progress in making children and families a priority.

The Alaska Early Childhood Advocacy Group (AECAG) is currently working on its public policy plan and funding priorities for 2019 to help ensure all Alaska children start school happy, healthy, and ready to succeed.
(AECAG) is comprised of thread, Association for the Education of Young Children Alaska affiliates, Alaska Head Start Association, Alaska Infant Learning Program, Parents as Teachers State Office, Best Beginnings and All Alaska Pediatric Partnership. AECAG's priorities focus on quality early care and learning, strengthening families, and community engagement.

What You Can Do

  • Legislative Caucus Meetings: Show up and wear RED to show your support for early education. Caucus Schedule
  • Write Your Legislators: Ask your Legislators to support young children in Alaska and to give them the opportunity to succeed in school and life by sending them this letter today!  
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Your support gives young children and their families the opportunity to succeed in school and life.
Investing in our young children is good for our economy now and in the future.
Visit our Advocacy Center for more information on how you can get involved.