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 2023:

March 16, 2023                                                          September 21, 2023

June 15, 2023                                                            December 21, 2023


Next Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting:

The next regularly scheduled Early Childhood Advisory Council meeting will be held on March 16, 2023,  at 1:00 pm EST and will be live-streamed on YouTube. Contact Stacy Wallace at Stacy.Wallace@ky.gov​ with any questions. You can watch the live stream at ​https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRFq1-PdWJFWE25TdJyiuWQ ​​​​

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

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

     Chair: Dr. Jaesook Gilbert

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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