About Us

A quality, comprehensive education, and development system for Kentucky’s children is vital to our state’s future economic success. To ensure this success, Kentucky offers a wide range of services to families and children from prenatal to school entry, delivered through a variety of state government agencies:

  • Local government, health, mental health, and social service entities
  • Non-profit and for-profit providers
  • Federally funded quasi-government entities

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has made substantial commitments to improving the provision of early care and early childhood education. Per KAR 200.700, the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) was established to work in a cross-agency manner to:

  • Promote school preparedness of children from birth through school entry.
  • Support professional development, recruitment, and retention initiatives for early childhood educators and caregivers.
  • Enhance existing early childhood education and development programs and services.
  • Establish priorities for programs and the expenditures of funds. 

In 2018, the then governor released an Executive Order abolishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council and creating the State Advisory Council of Early Childhood Education and Care. The new council will consist of 12 members appointed by the governor. The Executive Director of Early Childhood Advisory Council shall also serve as a member of the Council, in addition to one (1) member of the Senate designated by the President of the Senate and one (1) member of the House of Representatives designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives or, in the absence of a Speaker, the Speaker Pro Tempore. This Executive Order will streamline supports and enhance the provision services to early care and education providers. The Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) is the staff of the Early Childhood Advisory Council.


All children in Kentucky will have a foundation that enables school and personal success and are supported by strong families and communities. 


The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) provides leadership and direction for the Commonwealth of Kentucky by providing a comprehensive and sustainable prenatal to age five early childhood system that will ensure a strong foundation for all children. 

Our Six Goals

(Listed in alphabetical order)

  1. Advance comprehensive early care and education through strategic messaging
  2. Grow and strengthen the early care and education workforce by providing a career pathway for advancement and professional learning opportunities
  3. Increased coordination, program quality, and service delivery fostering effective collaboration between agencies and stakeholders
  4. Promote a comprehensive framework to effectively partner with families
  5. Information funding and resource allocations, policy recommendations, and programming by consistently applying data-driven systems and processes 
  6. Secure new, diverse funding and utilize existing resources more effectively