New Opportunity: Early Care and Education Workforce Investment

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that seven states, AlabamaIowaMinnesotaNew JerseyNew YorkUtah and Washington, will receive grants and support to help develop a policy agenda to strengthen the quality of their early care and education (ECE) professionals through workforce investment resources and strategies.

A growing body of 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.

The NGA Center for Best Practices will provide technical assistance and grants to support states with the development of a policy agenda. 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.

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