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Ohio Created an Early Education and Development Officer Position in 2011

Feb 9, 2016

To coordinate state efforts to improve children's readiness for school, Ohio Governor John Kasich created an Early Education and Development Officer position within the Governors Office of 21st Century Education in October 2011.

Angel Rhodes currently serves in this position. The Governor’s Early Childhood Officer provides direction, coordination and leadership to the Participating State Agencies regarding early learning and development priorities and goals. This position has lead responsibility for the coordination of early childhood policy and administration across the multiple state agencies that fund or administer early childhood programs. The Early Childhood Officer has organized and convened four project teams of external stakeholders and state agency representatives related to (1) Standards and Assessments, (2) Professional Development; (3) Quality, Access and Financing; and (4) Family Support and Engagement.

To learn more about Ohios plans for improving its early learning and development system, read the 2014 Race To the Top-Early Learning Challenge Report here..

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