At the recent Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) meeting held in Madison, Governor Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers pledged ongoing support for investment in the social and emotional needs of young children, making it one of her focus areas for this administration.

Front row left to right: DPI Superintendent Carolyn Stanford-Taylor, DCF Secretary Emilie Amundson, First Lady Kathy Evers, Governor Tony Evers.

Governor Evers is the keynote speaker for WIAAP’s October 3rd Open Forum: The Role of Primary Care Clinicians in the First 1,000 Days. Registration for the event is online here.

The mission of the Council is to help ensure that all children and families in Wisconsin have access to quality early childhood programs and services. The Council responsibilities include:

  • Conducting a periodic, statewide needs assessment concerning the quality and availability of early childhood education and development programs.
  • Identifying opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration and coordination among Federally-funded and State-funded child development, child care, and early childhood education programs and services.
  • Develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation of children in existing Federal, State, and local child care; and early childhood education programs including outreach to underrepresented and special populations.
  • Develop recommendations regarding statewide professional development and career advancement plans for early childhood educators in the state.

WIAAP has served on the Council since its creation as part of the Head Start Act in 2007.