WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA), in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), today announced that six states, including Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana and North Carolina will receive grants and support to help develop a policy agenda to strengthen the quality of their early care and education (ECE) workforce. CCSSO will identify four additional states.

Research shows that high-quality care and education in the earliest years of life has a positive effect on children. In addition, there is growing understanding of the need for a knowledgeable and skilled workforce to provide quality early childhood education that makes a difference in children’s lives.

Through this project, the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division, and CCSSO will provide technical assistance and grants support for the development of a policy. CCSSO received funds to provide technical assistance and grants for four additional states, to be determined. Together, these states will receive support to develop and carry out action plans focused on one or more specific state policy priorities related to improving their ECE workforce.

Support for this project comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Alliance for Early Success, the Foundation for Child Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

To learn more about NGA’s Education Division, click here.

To learn more about CCSSO, click here.