Next Wednesday, July 14th, the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will host a public forum for feedback on the council’s strategic report .The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Each speaker will have up to 3 minutes to ask questions or provide comments.
Governor Bev Perdue announced the creation of the North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council last week. 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.
In the report, ECAC maintains a committment to high-quality early education and to professional development for those who serve young children and families. The council also acknowledges how the Smart Start initiative and programs like the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Project and the Assuring Better Child Development (ABCD) initivative have made North Carolina a national leader in early education and early childhood systems.
The strategic report is part of a federal grant process that, if successful, could mean $3 million for North Carolina from the federal government matched with $7 million from the state to support the work of the ECAC over the next three years.