Governance and Leadership

Coordinated governance structures or planning bodies can help states develop and implement a vision for a high quality early childhood system from prenatal to third grade.

Collaborative structures are strongest when they involve diverse representation from stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. When building this infrastructure, state leaders have an opportunity to include specific infant-toddler priorities that are closely linked to the state’s broader goals to improve outcomes for young children.

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    Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

    Here's how agency commissioners, early childhood education and development advocates, parents, caregivers and other stakeholders played a role in designing the structure and focus of the new agency.

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    Colorado Children's Caucus

    Learn how the Children's Caucus provides a forum for all members of the Colorado General Assembly to discuss the challenges facing Colorado's youth and work together to develop policy recommendations…

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    Colorado's Early Childhood Framework Leads to Opportunities for Infant and Toddler Planning

    Learn how thirty-one local Early Childhood Councils across the state are tasked with implementing an Early Childhood Colorado framework at the community level.

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    Colorado Creates Office of Early Childhood

    Learn how the Head Start State Collaboration Office and the Early Childhood Leadership Commission physically moved to CDHS to make it easier for staff to work together to meet the needs of Colorados …

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    California Develops Comprehensive Early Learning Plan

    The California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan identifies how California can develop a high-quality birth-to-age-five system that provides all children with the knowledge and skills they need to ac…

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    Arkansas Home Visiting Centralized Intake Pilot

    Since 2012, the Arkansas Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) team has been piloting centralized intake in the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood (CLRPN).

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    Arizona First Things First

    Learn about First Things First, a program created in 2006 when voters passed a ballot initiative setting aside 80 cents from each pack of cigarettes sold in order to fund the expansion of health and …

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    Alaska's Best Beginnings

    Learn about Best Beginnings, a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed. The programs has received support from busin…

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    Early Childhood Councils

    Governance and Leadership resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

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    Washington State Early Childhood Governance and Advocacy

    In 2006, Washington state passed important pieces of legislation that increase the capacity of the state to provide sound early childhood services. Among the legislation passed was a bill to create t…

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    Vermont Children's Integrated Services

    Recognizing that programs serving young children and their families are most effective when they are integrated, Vermont has taken several steps to build a coordinated system of child development and…

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    Vermont - Building Bright Futures

    Vermonts Building Bright Futures (BBF) Initiative is working to ensure that the states children are healthy and successful by building a system of coordinated and integrated services and funding for …

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    Virginia Office of Early Childhood Development

    Virginia's Office of Early Childhood Development, (OECD), was launched for operation July 1, 2008, to maximize opportunities for Virginia's children to reach kindergarten healthy and prepared for sch…

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    Virginia Home Visiting Consortium

    The Virginia Home Visiting Consortium (HVC), established in 2006, represents each of the state level public and non-profit organizations that deliver in-home parent education and family support servi…

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    Virginia Advances Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy, Practice, and Workforce Development

    Virginia was one of ten states that participated in a three-year infant and early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) learning community facilitated by National Center on Children in Poverty, ZERO TO TH…

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    Oregon Early Learning Hubs

    Oregon passed a major early childhood bill in March, 2012 to improve coordination among early childhood programs.

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    Montana Is Using Collaborative Planning and its Best Beginnings Advisory Council to Strengthen its Early Childhood Systems

    In Montana, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program has been a catalyst for collaborative planning and systems building across programs serving young children and thei…

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    Michigan Office of Great Start

    On June 29, 2011, the governor of Michigan signed an executive order creating the Michigan Office of Great Start within the state Department of Education.