New Hampshire's New Early Childhood Governance Structure. The structure proposed is charged with developing and advancing the state’s vision for children, families and communities; formalizing collaborations and connections to foster efficient high quality services for children and families; and using a strong equity lens to guide implementation based on agreed principles and goals. This effective and inclusive structure also formalizes governance at the state and regional/local levels and engages stakeholders with defined roles and a shared vision. It addresses inconsistencies in regulations and service eligibility requirements, reduces duplication of services and uses ongoing evaluation, robust data, and current research to inform decision-making. The new system is comprised of:
- Governor Appointed Council for Thriving Children – The Council meets the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, which requires establishment of a state advisory. The Council’s role is to guide the ECCE system through a set of expectations established within the Executive Order 2020-03. Designated DHHS and DOE staff, in conjunction with selected entities, will support Council efforts and activities.
- DHHS and DOE Early Childhood Integration Teams (ECIT) – DHHS and DOE will create and sustain ECITs to support data driven policy and program coordination, integration, and development, while increasing performance and resource accountability across the ECCE system.
- B-8 ECCE Advisors – The B-8 Advisory group will serve in an advisory role to the Council by sharing emerging trends for children,families, communities, workforce and business, while generating learning and capacity across ECCE system.
- Early Childhood Care & Education Experts (ECCEE) - The ECCEE's focus will be to support system strengthening through the sharing of research and best practice, while also deepening connections to and within regions and local communities.