Evidence-Based Message Strategies to Increase Public Support for State Investment in Early Childhood Education: Results from a Longitudinal Panel Experiment

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Investments in early childhood care and education can have long-lasting influence on individual health and well-being at later stages of life, and community well-being overall. Widespread public support will be critical to the future political feasibility of enhancing early childhood policies and programs. This study offers specific and concrete messaging guidance for those seeking to increase public support for state-level investments in early childhood policies and programs. Findings suggest that both simple advocacy messages and short stories describing structural barriers and policy solutions to address these barriers could be useful in broader efforts to promote high-value policies with potential to improve population health.

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