The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) seeks applicants interested in receiving state stipends to participate in NASBE’s project, Building a Strong Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce through Effective State Policies.

In 2017, NASBE established a state early learning network. Led by state board members from New York, Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan, the network was charged with developing, revising, and adopting early childhood education policies to support the early childhood education workforce. The network made tremendous progress and showcased how state boards can lead in policy initiatives on early care and education.  

NASBE seeks to build the capacity of state boards of education to support the ECE workforce by recruiting an additional three to four states to develop, revise, or adopt policies and share practices with other states. NASBE’s desired outcomes are the following:

  1. a well-qualified workforce for children from birth to age 8;
  2. an improved, better aligned system to support education from birth to age 8;
  3. collaborative stakeholders across agencies; and
  4. supportive state policy and leadership.

Selected states will receive funding as merited by application scope, up to $14,000 per state for an 18-month period.

Application Selection Criteria

Focus Areas: Applicant states must have a strong interest in early childhood education (birth to age 8) workforce issues and must focus on least two of the following areas identified in the National Academies’ report Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation:

  1. educator competencies and certification
  2. educator preparation programs
  3. educator professional development
  4. educator evaluation

Stakeholders: State boards should include state and local stakeholders as team members or partners in their application. States may also consider participants from other state entities: department of education; department of health; department of family and child care; Head Start; ECE advisory councils; state educator leadership, licensure, and accreditation agencies; leaders and faculty from higher education; and other state and local stakeholders in child care and education.

Proposals are due to NASBE no later than COB on Friday, March 30, 2018. Please return your application to Winona Hao, Director of Early Learning,