RI Early Learning Council
The Rhode Island Early Learning Council was formed in June 2010 according to the guidelines for State Early Care and Education Advisory Councils outlined in federal law. Council members are appointed by the Governor and include key leaders representing all the sectors of the early learning and development field serving children from birth through third grade.
The Council is co-chaired by the Commissioner of Education, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, and the Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
The Rhode Island Early Learning Council’s overarching goal is to improve early learning and development outcomes for children from birth through age 8 by ensuring that more children, particularly from low-income and vulnerable families, participate in high-quality early learning programs.
As an advisory body to the Governor and Children’s Cabinet, the Council reviews data and research, develops policy recommendations, and advises the state on funding opportunities.
For more information about the Council, contact the Council Coordinator Leanne Barrett.