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We invite state boards of education to join the 2020 NASBE ECE State Network as part of its project to support a well-qualified, equitable, well-compensated early care and education workforce through effective state policymaking. Given the current pandemic, we welcome state proposals that seek to develop innovative strategies to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the ECE workforce.

NASBE established an early learning network in 2017 led by state boards members from New York, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Mississippi, Washington, and Delaware. They were tasked with developing, revising, and adopting policies to support the ECE workforce. They made tremendous progress and showcased state boards’ key role in leading initiatives to advance ECE.

NASBE seeks to build the capacity of state boards to support the early care and education workforce by recruiting two state boards to develop, revise, or adopt policies and share practices with other states. It has these desired outcomes in view:

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

Upon approval of their applications to join the network, the two selected states will each receive a stipend of $4,000 for the remainder of 2020, with the possibility of another round of stipends in 2021. The project will end December 2021. Read more about the full RFP process and criteria for applying.

Submit your completed application to Winona Hao, NASBE’s director of early learning by August 28, 2020.


ECE State Network 2020 Application



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