Effective Governance of State Early Childhood Education Systems

In order to deliver high-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs at scale, there must be a coherent state ECE system that delivers services efficiently and effectively to the families that need them the most.

The long-term goal of the Effective Governance of State ECE Systems major initiative is to support states in creating robust, functional ECE systems. Such systems have the capacity to provide universal access to high-quality and affordable ECE programs for young children, from birth through third grade. These systems must also include mechanisms to ensure that early childhood educators are well-prepared and appropriately compensated.

Priority areas for this initiative include:

  • Generating knowledge about the need for effective approaches to governance.
  • Building leaders’ capacity to envision and operationalize functional governance that is relevant to the state’s context, and improves outcomes for children, families, and the workforce.
  • Supporting efforts to increase durable funding for ECE, including carrying out financing functions, such as fiscal allocation, cost modeling, and braiding and blending funds.
  • Improving state professional development systems to ensure competency-based preparation and compensation parity with K-12 peers for the ECE workforce.
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