States Work to Strengthen Early Childhood Education Workforce

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced that four additional states will receive grants and support to help develop a policy agenda to strengthen the quality of their early care and education (ECE) workforce, bringing the total to ten states. Michigan, Maryland, California, and Pennsylvania have now joined Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana and North Carolina.

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 Education Division’s project will provide technical assistance and grants support for the development of a policy agenda to Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana and North Carolina. CCSSO received funds to provide technical assistance and grants for the four additional states: Michigan, Maryland, California and Pennsylvania.

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.