The Early Childhood Advisory Council and its s​upport office - the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood – unifies early childhood programs, services and agencies in the commonwealth.​​

It coordinates the early childhood work of more than 30 agencies including the three oversight agencies of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Education and Labor Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of ​Education.

Since its inception, the Early Childhood Advisory Council has been a catalyst ​and change agent. It serves as the ​coordinating and convening body, with participation from state and local stakeholders.​​

Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early ​Childhood

The Kentucky Governor’s Office of ​​​Early Childhood serves as an ​umbrella organization to create better alignment, efficiencies and ​concise messaging among once fragmented funding streams and programs. It provides leadership and direction for the ​commonwealth with the goal of maintaining a comprehensive and ​​sustainable prenatal to age five early childhood system that ensures a strong foundation for all children.

The Head Start Collaborative Office is housed within the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood to facilitate partnerships between Head Start agencies and other state services ​to benefit children from families with low ​​​incomes.​​

Governor’s Office of Ear​ly Childhood ​Staff

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Lynn Baker

Executive Director

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Megan Greenwell

Project Specialist

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Jessica Cain

Strategic Intiatives Advisor

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Rebecca Smith

Early Childhood Apprenticeship Coordinator

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Robin Johnson

Operations Assistant

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Michel Hines

Special Project Coordinator

A More Consolidated Approach Starts with Visionary Leadership

The Beshear administration has demonstrated its commitment to education and utilizes the experience and expertise of Lt. Governor ​Jacqueline Coleman, a former Kentucky K-12 educator.

Kentucky ​Governor
Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and GOEC staff

Kentucky Lt​. Governor
​Jacqueline Coleman

Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman and GOEC staff

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Early Childhood Advisory Council​

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.

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Governor's Office of Early Childhood​ ​2023 ​Biennial Report on the State Plan of the Early Childhood Advisory Council​

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​The Advisory Council Members

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Andrea Day

Division Director, Department for Community Based Services, Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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Deputy Secretary Beth Brinly

Education and Labor Cabinet

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Lynn Baker

Acting Director Kentucky Head Start Collaboration Office

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Secretary Eric Friedlander

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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Representative Kim Banta

District 63

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Senator Danny Carroll

Kentucky State Senate, District 2

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Dr. Amy Hood

Infant/Toddler & Early Childhood Specialist for Training and Technical Assistance Services, Western Kentucky University

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Traci Stemmle

Vice President, PNC Bank

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Travis Burton

Director of State Government Affairs, Kentucky Hospital Association

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Dr. Annette W. Bridges

EdD Ready Child Ready School Consulting, LLC

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Scotty Collier

Principal, Jefferson County Schools

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Anita Dowd

Executive Staff Advisor, Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

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Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith

President, National Center Families Learning

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Brittney Howell

Director of Student Services, Frankfort Independent Schools

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Deedee Cummings

CEO of Abi Behavioral Health, Make A Way Media & The Louisville Book Festival Therapist, Attorney & Children's Author

Joe Berry

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Rina Gratz

Director of Early Childhood Education, Jefferson County Public Schools

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Dr. Jaesook Gilbert

Professor, Early Childhood Education

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Kim Fithian

Head Start/Early Head Start Director, Ohio Valley Education Cooperative

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Robin Fields Kinney

Interim Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Education

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Paula Goff

Branch Manager, Department of Public Health, Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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Amy Smith

Principal and Preschool Coordinator, Pulaski County Schools

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Greta McKenzie

Early Intervention Specialist, First Steps

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Twila Burdette

Rockcastle Early Childhood Education Council Child Development Center Director

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Beth Morton

Director, Child Development Baptist Health Lexington CDC

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Dr. Connie White

Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Affairs, Department of Public Health, Cabinet for Health and Family Services