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The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) seeks applicants to join the NASBE Early Childhood Education (ECE) State Network as part of its efforts to support a well-qualified, equitable, well-compensated ECE workforce through effective state policies. NASBE welcomes state proposals that seek to develop or build on existing innovative strategies to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on children from birth to third grade and on the ECE workforce.

NASBE established the ECE State Network in 2017. State boards of education from New York, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Mississippi, Washington, Delaware, Illinois, and Guam were tasked with developing, revising, and adopting policies to support the ECE system and its workforce. They made tremendous progress and showcased state boards’ key role in leading initiatives to advance ECE.

To further build the capacity of state boards to support the ECE system and the workforce, NASBE is recruiting two additional state boards to develop, revise, or adopt policies and share practices with other states. The network has these aims:

  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 $5,000 each year for two years (2022 and 2023). Read more about the full RFP process and criteria for applying below.

Submit your completed application to Winona Hao, NASBE’s director of early learning, by Friday, May 20, 2022.


ECE State Network 2022 Application



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