No matter what happens on Election Day, we want the next governor of New Hampshire to make investing in high-quality early childhood education a priority. Programs like preschool, high-quality child care and voluntary home visiting transform children’s lives.
We’re Empowering Citizens of New Hampshire to Be the Voice for Kids
People in New Hampshire overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.
After years of work by advocates, supporters in New Hampshire and coalition partners, Governor Chris Sununu
signed bipartisan legislation in 2017 that ensures more kids in the Granite State will have access to day kindergarten.
We are continuing to push for full funding and increased access to high-quality early education, including full-day
kindergarten, for all children in New Hampshire.
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Success in New Hampshire
In 2017, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation that provided at least $9 million in additional state funding for full-day kindergarten.
This milestone was the result of three years of work by Save the Children Action Network to implement our four-pronged approach of grassroots mobilization, media engagement, political endorsements, and legislative lobbying on behalf of kids.
New Hampshire In the News
In my experience volunteering in elementary school classrooms, I have seen different needs presented by kids coming from different backgrounds. Children who have a strong start have a better chance at lifelong success.
Local advocates, including students from the University of New Hampshire, Colby-Sawyer College, Saint Anselm College and local high schools, traveled to Washington, D.C. from March 18 to 20 to participate in Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network’s annual Advocacy Summit, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.
A new Save the Children Action Network poll found that 67 percent of likely New Hampshire voters said they would be more likely to support a candidate who came out in favor of investing in high quality early childhood education programs. Also, 65 percent of those polled favored fully funding full-day kindergarten.
State Polling Results
SCAN commissioned a bipartisan polling team to conduct survey research among general election voters
in five states to gauge their opinions about early childhood education and early intervention policies.
In addition to general election voters, SCAN conducted interviews among both Democratic and Republican primary voters.
The results showed that legislators and candidates looking for issues with broad appeal that can meaningfully
improve the lives of their constituents should invest in our youngest learners and early intervention programs.
Mobilization Manager, New Hampshire
Emily Johnson is the Manager of Mobilization in New Hampshire. She joined SCAN in June of 2016 after beginning her organizing career at the New Hampshire Sierra Club. Her interest in advocacy began at Colby-Sawyer College, where she studied public health and volunteered on a variety of social justice campaigns.
A New Hampshire native, Emily grew up in Freedom and currently resides in Concord with her Australian Cattle Dog, Plum.
Government Relations Manager, New Hampshire
Lindsay Hanson is the Government Relations Manager in New Hampshire. She comes to SCAN after leading the state-wide advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. Prior to that, Lindsay spent nearly five years as Vice President of the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire. Additionally, she was the NH Women’s Vote Director for Obama for America and ran Governor Maggie Hassan’s successful run for State Senate.
Lindsay has more than 10 years of leadership experience in philanthropy, political and nonprofit management, including expertise in grant-making, fundraising and long-range strategic planning.
Lindsay is a life-long resident of New Hampshire and currently lives in Concord with her three Great Danes.