Survey on Early Childhood Advisory Councils
Coordinating child-care and preschool programs for young children and working to overcome barriers to integrating federal and state early-childhood services are among the top priorities for state Early Childhood Advisory Councils, concludes a survey by the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices.
With last year’s congressional reauthorization of Head Start now requiring such councils, these committees are taking a more visible role in state early-childhood education policy.
Also called children’s cabinets, task forces, and interagency coordinating councils, these entities now exist in 31 states, the survey shows. Child-care, pre-K, and healthcare administrators, as well as representatives from resource and referral agencies and professional development organizations, are the most common members of the councils.
Vol. 27, Issue 20, Page 5Published in Print: January 23, 2008, as Early-Childhood Education