The oversight and governance of early care and early education is critical to supporting the development of young children and their families. However, because state agencies involved in this support are often siloed, this often results in less-than-optimal coordination, alignment and ultimately, delivery of services, especially in an equitable and targeted manner. This Policy Outline provides examples of innovative practices from around the country, as well as a key set of questions for state leaders to consider. 

For more in-depth information about governance in early childhood education, see the following resources: 

50-State Comparison: Early Care and Education Governance provides data on states’ early care and education governance systems, with a focus on the agencies that oversee these programs, the level of alignment of these programs and the advisory entities for early care and education in the state. 
Governance in Early Childhood Education examines the different structures and strategies — including the creation of state offices, the consolidation of others, and collaboration and coordination across several state agencies — that states employ to govern early education. 
Making Sense of Governance in Early Childhood highlights a national decision guide for policymakers considering alignment and consolidation of agencies and entities involved in early care and education. 

 PUBLISHED: June 23, 2021

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