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By Linda Jacobson — January 22, 2008 1 min read

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.

A version of this article appeared in the January 23, 2008 edition of Education Week

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