NGA, CCSSO Announce More States Awarded Grants to Strengthen Early Childhood Education Workforce

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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.

“CCSSO is proud to partner with the National Governors Association to support states as they strengthen the quality of early childhood education and increase access to these important opportunities for all families,” said Carissa Moffat Miller, executive director of CCSSO.

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.



The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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