Rhode Island Early Learning Council


The Rhode Island Early Learning Council was formed in June 2010 with the goal of ensuring that Rhode Island children from birth to age eight have access to high quality early learning experiences in a variety of settings. The appointment of a state advisory council on young children’s early learning and development is required by federal law. Members are appointed by the Governor of Rhode Island.

Ken Wagner, Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Leanne Barrett, Senior Policy Analyst, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

The work of the Council builds on the early care and education recommendations of the state’s 2005 Successful Start Early Childhood System Plan, developed through a strategic planning process coordinated by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Please see the Rhode Island Early Learning Council Comprehensive Advisory Plan and Recommendations 2016-2020

For upcoming Council meetings, and materials from previous Council meetings, please click here.

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