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1 Infrastructure State Advisory Council on Early Education and Care (Per Ch. 15D, § 3A) State Advisory Council Development (Per Head Start Act of 2007) Board of Early Education and Care May 12, 2009

2 State Advisory Council on Early Education and Care Per Ch. 15D, § 3A 2

3 3 EEC State Advisory Council Per Ch. 15D, § 3A Charge The state advisory council on early education and care shall meet no fewer than 4 times annually and: May review and comment on EEC rules and regulations prior to promulgation by the Board. May make recommendations and comment to the Board for changes and/or improvements to EEC programs and services that it deems appropriate. Shall provide recommendations on the development of the 5-year master plan for early education and care required under section 4, and the adoption of the educationally sound kindergarten readiness assessment instrument (required under sections 3 and 13). Shall provide recommendations regarding the age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate standards, in the regulations, for the following developmental stages: infant and toddler; pre-school; early elementary; and older school age children.

4 4 EEC State Advisory Council Per Ch. 15D, § 3A Charge Continued The state advisory council on early education and care: May make recommendations on the programmatic, financing, and phase-in options for the development and universal implementation of the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program. May make recommendations regarding the assessment and reporting on the current and potential capacity of the existing early education and care system to: enhance the quality of early education and care programs; provide multiple points of entry and outreach for families including those in hard to reach populations; deliver comprehensive services including mental health consultation and intervention services to decrease expulsion rates; foster collaboration and coordinate resources among providers of early education programs and linkages with human services agencies, the department of elementary and secondary education and local school districts; undertake school readiness assessments and program evaluations; maximize resources for workforce and professional development for early education and care professionals; and reestablish trial court child care programs.

5 30 Entities Named in Legislation represent a reasonable geographic balance and reflect the diversity of the commonwealth in race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. 8 Legislative Appointments* Named in Legislation 3 members, appointed by Senate President 3 members, appointed by Speaker of the House 1 member, appointed by Senate Minority Leader (Cathy Flynn, Center Director, Melrose YMCA Child Care Center) 1 member, appointed by House Minority Leader (Victoria Griffin, M.Ed, Reading Integrated School Experience (RISE), Early Childhood Coordinator, Reading Public Schools) Additional Members May be Recommended by the Commissioner for Appointment* by the Board *All appointees shall have a special expertise or interest in high quality early childhood education and care and shall represent a mix of representatives of the early childhood community, the civic, labor, and business communities, academics, parents, teachers, social service providers, and health care providers. All members shall serve for a term of 3 years, and may not serve for more than 2 consecutive terms. 5 EEC State Advisory Council Per Ch. 15D, § 3A Membership Entities Named in Legislation

6 Child Development and Education, Inc. MA Assn. for the Education of Young Children MA Assn. of Early Childhood Teacher Educators MA Elementary School Principals Association Strategies for Children/Early Education for All Child Care Resource and Referral Network MA Assn. of Day Care Agencies MA Independent Child Care Org. Associated Early Care and Education Together for Kids Coalition Horizons for Homeless Children Federation of Children With Special Needs Commissioner Selected Family Child Care Provider Parents Alliance for Catholic Education MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Bureau of Jewish Education Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents MA Assn. of Community Partnerships for Children, Inc. BOLD= have named a representative 6 EEC State Advisory Council Per Ch. 15D, § 3A 30 Organizations Named in Legislation MA Head Start Association MA Assn. of School Committees MA Assn. of School Superintendents MA Assn. of Regional Schools MA Teachers Association American Federation of Teachers MA Business Alliance for Education YMCAs of Massachusetts United Way of Massachusetts Bay MA After-School Partnership BostNET MA Early Intervention Consortium

7 7 EEC State Advisory Council Per Ch. 15D, § 3A 16 Members Recommended by Commissioner for Appointment by Board Early Childhood Community Representatives Caroline Haines, Pathways for Children James Ward, Early Childhood Centers of Greater Springfield Leslie Christian, Crispus Attucks Children's Center Jim Robertson, Plowshares Child Care Center Marilyn Mahoney, Lynn Public Schools Jason Sachs, Boston Public Schools Donna Jasek, Executive Director, Southborough Extended Day Program Civic Representatives Kim Haskins, Barr Foundation Sally Fuller, Davis Foundation Ben Lummis, Mass2020 Social Service Provider Representatives Patricia Quinn, MA Alliance for Teen Pregnancy American Beth Ann Strollo, MA Association for Community Action Agencies Academic Representatives Bill Hart, MA Executive Offices of Community Colleges Charlene Mara, Quinsigamond Community College Marta Rosa, Wheelock College Hannah Gebretensae, Urban College All representatives listed above have confirmed their interest in appointment.

8 Head Start State Advisory Council (SAC) on Early Childhood Education and Care (Per Head Start Act, 2007) 8

9 State Advisory Council (SAC) on Early Childhood Education and Care, Per Head Start Act, Each state must establish a SAC for children birth through school entry (Section 624B of the 2007 Head Start Act of School Readiness) The Governor of the state shall establish or designate existing entity to serve as the SAC The Governor shall designate an individual to coordinate activities of the State Advisory Council To the extent possible, the Governor shall ensure SAC membership includes a representative of: State Agencies responsible for: Child Care, Education, 619 or Part C, Health or Mental Health Local educational agencies, & local providers of early education Institutions of higher education in the state Head Start agencies, including immigrant and seasonal HS The State Director of Head Start Collaboration Other entities determined to be relevant by the Governor

10 Functions: 10 State Advisory Council (SAC) on Early Childhood Education and Care, Per Head Start Act, 2007 Conduct a periodic statewide needs assessment of quality and availability of early childhood programs & services Identify opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration & coordination among federally and state-funded, childcare and early education programs, including outreach to special populations Develop recommendations for: increasing the overall participation of children, the establishment of a unified data collection system, professional development plans, and improvements in State early learning standards Assess the capacity and effectiveness of 2-and 4-year public and private institutions of higher education that support early childhood educators

11 11 State Advisory Council (SAC) on Early Childhood Education and Care, Per Head Start Act, 2007 Recommendations The Department recommends that: the Governor designate the Board of Early Education and Care as the Commonwealths State Advisory Council; and the Commonwealths Director of Head Start Collaboration be designated as the individual responsible for coordinating the activities of the SAC. Regarding the membership of the Board and the SAC, the Massachusetts Head Start Association (MHSA) has requested that: membership of the EEC Board be reviewed to ensure that membership is inclusive of Head Start representation and that if necessary, an appointment to the Board be made to allow for the participation of a Head Start representative. membership on the SAC include a parent of a child enrolled in Head Start as well as a representative of the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program. Therefore, when issues related to Head Start are to be discussed, individuals representing these constituents may participate in the Program and Planning Committee of the Board.


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