Rhode Island Early Learning Council

The Rhode Island Early Learning Council facilitates the development of high-quality systems of early childhood education and care, from birth to age 8, with the goal of improving school readiness and success in school. The Council has developed a state plan to improve access to high quality early care and education services and to improve coordination and collaboration among multiple agencies, organizations and programs.

Rhode Island’s Early Learning Council was formed in June 2010 according to the guidelines for State Early Care and Education Advisory Councils outlined in the federal 2007 Head Start Reauthorization Act. The Council was appointed by the Governor and is co-chaired by Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Deborah Gist, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Council supported the development of a $50 million Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, awarded to Rhode Island in December 2011.

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 Strategic Plan: 2012-2016.

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

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