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Building a stronger America by ensuring that children become successful adults

Shelby County and Memphis law enforcement and area lawmakers

Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, faith leaders, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be prepared for successful lives.

Council for a Strong America by the Numbers in 2020

During an unpredictable year in which COVID-19 impacted every aspect of our lives, our staff rose to this unprecedented challenge. We adapted tactics and mobilized members in novel ways to help meet the needs of children and families affected by the pandemic.

Strong Members

More than 10,000 members

Strong Work

  • More than 5,000 member activations whereby our members interacted with state and federal policymakers through meetings, sign-on letters, appropriation requests, emails, phone calls, public statements, and legislative testimony.
  • 56 research reports released, covering topics such as early care and education, nutrition, and K-12 education
  • 30 report release events (virtual) reaching 900+ viewers
  • 148 op/eds and letters to the editor, reaching an audience of 6.2M
  • 863 media hits, reaching an audience of nearly 105M
  • 22 states, including 9 state offices, where our members advocated for policy change.

Strong Impact

  • Mission: Readiness-led letter from 14 bipartisan members of Congress to the USDA resulted in the agency extending school meal adaptations through the end of the school year. This extension not only ensured that children maintained consistent access to nutritious meals, but also served as the foundation for building policymaker coalitions to work toward long-term, systemic change to our nation’s federal nutrition programs.
  • Helped secure billions in support for early care and education in the CARES Act, including $3.5B for the Child Care Development Block Grant and $750M for Head Start. ReadyNation was key in elevating the need for child care providers, who are small businesses, to receive forgivable loans (PPP).
  • Helped secure additional funding for key programs in the FY21 Omnibus Appropriations Act: $10B for CCDBG, as well as increased funding for school and child care meal programs, and $100M for increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for families on SNAP.
  • Saving Early Learning in Pennsylvania: Assisted in securing emergency appropriations to implement most of an early learning stabilization plan. An economic stimulus authorization bill included $125 million in relief for the Commonwealth’s early learning sector from discretionary CARES Act funding. This is in addition to $106 million in specific child care funding included as part of the federal CARES Act. These resources will be critical in supporting the early learning sector and allowing Pennsylvania families to return to work when the time is right.
  • Helped establish a new early childhood funding stream in New Mexico, the Early Childhood Trust fund, that dedicates a percentage of the state’s oil and gas revenues toward high-quality early childhood investments, including home visiting, pre-K, and child care. Despite cuts due to COVID-19, the fund received a $300 million one-time appropriation for FY21 and is forecasted to generate $20m for early childhood appropriations in FY22 and $30m in FY23.

Strong Organization

  • 56 staff, in Washington, DC, and nine state offices across the U.S.
  • $9.1 million operating budget
  • 49 funders, including foundations, corporations, and individuals