As funders, policymakers, parents, and agencies alike work to improve the health, learning, and economic outcomes for young children — from strengthening the early childhood workforce to moving forward with strategies and investments to improve health integration — the Keystone Policy Center has a strong, proven track record of identifying and working toward collaborative solutions.
Throughout our history, Keystone Policy Center staff have developed collaborative, multi-stakeholder processes to confront complex national, state, and local policy issues, including connections between health and early learning, integration of behavioral and primary care, connections to and support of caregivers, health and strength of the workforce, health equity, and screening and referrals. Throughout each process, we have maintained our commitment to working with a broad array of stakeholders to develop collaborative solutions to tough policy challenges.
Birth Through Eight State Health Policy Framework
The Keystone Policy partnered with the Alliance for Early Success to develop a roadmap to improve the health, learning, and economic outcomes for vulnerable young children — the Birth Through Eight State Health Policy Framework.
The project included working with key state and national experts as well as funders to identify ways to act on issues that improve the healthy development and learning outcomes for kids as well as bring together health and early childhood communities. Keystone’s team led the facilitation and planning of a meeting to establish strategies that would include policy direction, partnering ideas, and new ways to fund in this area with a lens on social determinants, health equity, and social capital. Following the meeting and stakeholder input, Keystone worked with the Alliance for Early Success to develop and produce a document, “State Policies that Support the Intersection between Health and Early Learning,” outlining opportunities for action.
Early Childhood Mental Health
The Keystone Policy Center worked with Rose Community Foundation to develop a strategic plan on investments and work in early childhood mental health. This work included assessing partnership opportunities with state agencies, interviewing thought leaders on innovative ideas and opportunities, and identifying emerging ideas in other states around early childhood mental health. This work also included planning of a board, committee, staff, and donor retreat on early childhood mental health and a resulting strategic framework for investments.
Clinton Global Initiative
Keystone Policy Center staff served as a senior adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative’s early childhood working group. Keystone’s work as a senior advisor involved engaging in participant recruitment, commitment development, strategic planning, and programming in conjunction with Clinton Global Initiative staff to meet the needs of over 100 community and national leaders in early childhood.