Early Childhood Advisory Council

Early Childhood Advisory Council includes diverse backgrounds and organizations that lend their expertise and experience to provide leadership, direction, and support to serving the children, families, and communities of the Commonwealth. The Early Childhood Advisory Council meets quarterly on the third Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. During each meeting, the Advisory Council advises on the early care and education system, provides progress updates on the 5-year strategic plan and facilitates collective commitment to increase access and opportunity for children across the state.

Meetings are open to the public and we welcome attendance from those who are passionate about providing a strong foundation for all children in the Commonwealth. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Amanda Adkins at 502-782-0200 or email her at amanda.adkins@ky.gov

Listed below are the upcoming meeting dates for 2021:

March 18, 2021                                                          September 16, 2021

June 17, 2021                                                            December 16, 2021

Next Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting:

The next Early Childhood Advisory Council meeting will be held on June 17th at 1:00 pm EST using the teleconference service Zoom. Contact Amanda Flanary/502-229-0514 with any questions. Below are the details to join:

Governor's Office of Early Childhood is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Early Childhood Advisory Council
Time: Sep 16, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Early Childhood Advisory Council


Utilizing a diverse group of leaders, we are united in building a strong foundation for Kentucky's children from birth to age 5 through comprehensive, sustainable education strategies.

Priority #1
Unification & Accountability

Investment and Alignment
     Committee Tasks:
      •  Analyze state and federal funding opportunities
      •  Prioritize and align funding opportunities
      •  Expand access to education for 0-5-year-olds

     Chair: John Roden
     Members: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G1TrYoaMVmiu_tboPbYnb0rg6Q2Fumh1aQKmnO-m1tk/edit?usp=sharing

     Professional Development
     Committee Tasks:
      •  Revise Early Childhood standards and professional development framework
      •  Incorporate revised standards into an Early Childhood Workforce Development Plan

     Chair: Dr. Jaesook Gilbert
     Members: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EqBbCW15PxnPGM9WS-9Ua_mozEHXvbX_bUtU3p9rt4I/edit?usp=sharing

Priority #2
Strengthen State & Local Partnerships
     Funding Diversification
     Committee Tasks
      •  Increase federal network to advance priorities
      •  Attract philanthropic support

     Chair: Dr. Felicia Cumings-Smith
     Members: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19OZK7jvEk0F6d7_dW5LFRV9a8ppC-ob7jUEOzcDLBhk/edit?usp=sharing

     Data and Shared Accountability
     Committee Tasks 
      •  Utilize data to create shared accountability
      •  Generate positive policy and practice impacts

     Chair: Rina Gratz
     Members: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wApQvtNuSATXHv5WDtbP78A25_-tVXfNY6UCq9oAdGc/edit?usp=sharing

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