Governor Bev Perdue has announced the creation of the North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 required governors to designate or establish a State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care to improve the quality, availability, and coordination of services for children from birth to school entry.
Funding to support ECAC’s is awarded through a federal grant process. This process must include a statewide strategic report that outlines the responsibilities of the ECAC and the proposed plans during the three-year grant period.
From the Governor’s website:
North Carolina’s proposal will be submitted by July 31, 2010. If successful, North Carolina will receive over $3 million from the federal government matched with $7 million from the state to support the work of the ECAC over the next three years.
Public comment on the strategic report is being requested before the application is submitted. You are invited to review the North Carolina ECAC Strategic Report and submit any comments/questions using the form below. The period of public comment ends Wednesday July 14, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Feedback on the proposal may also be provided at the ECAC Strategic Report Public Forum on Wednesday, July 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC. Each speaker will have up to 3 minutes to comment. Speakers may also submit written feedback at that time.
Download a fact sheet on ECAC’s from the National Governors Association.