The 36 Gubernatorial Races of 2022

36 Gubernatorial elections are taking place in the months ahead, and 2022 has the potential to bring sweeping progress toward increased investment in early learning ages 0-8 in states across our nation.

did you know?

of the 4 million children who enter Kindergarten in the United states each year, only 20% of them have experienced a high quality learning setting.

  • High Quality Learning Setting Before Kindergarten

  • No High Quality Learning Setting Before Kindergarten

On the topic of investing in early childhood education, there are always two big questions:

why Invest?

and

How to get it right?

The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation endeavors to address these big questions – the “Why” and the “How” – with excerpts from the Foundation’s documentary, Starting at Zero, in the two short videos below.

 

High quality early learning is achievable at scale. We must start with what we know is successful, share resources, and together reimagine – and rebuild – early childhood education in America.

Why Invest in early childhood education

High-quality early childhood education ensures that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream. It supports the workforce of today, and of the future, and has long lasting benefits for our society.

Alabama’s state pre-K program, led by Secretary Jeana Ross from 2012-2020, has been consistently ranked #1 in the nation. The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation is thrilled to announce its recent collaboration with Jeana Ross. As the Foundation’s new Strategic Advisor on Early Education Policy & Practice, Ross will lend her deep experience and expertise building high-quality early childhood education systems to states, localities, and leaders nationwide.

Jeana Ross

Strategic Advisor for Early Education Policy & Practice

Jeana Ross is a lifelong educator and, like the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, believes that early childhood education is a key component of a strong economy at the state and national levels. From 2012-2020, Ms. Ross was Secretary of Alabama’s Department of Early Childhood Education. Alabama’s state Pre-K and early education program continues to be a valuable guide for local and regional leaders as they look to build high-quality programs in their own states. Jeana Ross recently joined the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation as its Strategic Advisor on Early Education Policy & Practice. With 36 gubernatorial elections taking place in the months ahead, 2022 has the potential to bring sweeping progress toward increased investment in early learning in states across our nation. The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation and Jeana Ross are joining forces to help make this goal a reality. Meet Jeana in the video below, and learn about how she and her team built Alabama’s #1 ranked pre-K program in the nation, and the key components for success.

  • Increase in Number of Alabama Pre-K Classrooms During Jeana Ross' Tenure

did you know?

Amid her numerous accolades and achievements during her time in office, Jeana Ross and her team helped Alabama’s pre-k program attain its largest growth spurt in the state’s history, expanding from 217 to 1,250 classrooms, and serving each of the state’s 67 counties.

HOW TO GET it RIGHT

Alabama’s #1 ranked Pre-K program is a model that states and communities can learn from as they build and improve high-quality early childhood systems. Learn how Alabama accomplished it under the leadership of Secretary Jeana Ross, and the nuts and bolts that make it so successful.

Did you know?

ALABAMA PROVIDES PAY PARITY FOR PRE-K TEACHERS, MATCHING K-12 SALARIES. TEACHERS IN ALABAMA ARE TREATED AS PROFESSIONALS, WHICH IMPROVES BOTH TEACHER RETENTION RATES, AND OVERALL QUALITY.

Salary for Pre-K Teachers
100%
Salary for K-12 Teachers
100%

REACH OUT TO US TODAY

To share your early childhood education challenge, and explore how Jeana Ross can support moving early childhood education forward in your state through strategic advising, please fill out the form.