Early Childhood Commission
Raise the quality of early education programs and ensure they are well-coordinated across different agencies and budgets.
The SREB Early Childhood Commission convened leaders from 16 states to recommend policies that will give more young children a solid start when they enter school. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear chaired the Commission.
“Every child deserves a good start in life and in school,” said Gov. Beshear. “Early learning experiences have lifelong effects on a child’s opportunities to succeed. The importance of getting our youngest learners off to the best start possible cannot be overstated.”
Members included legislators, heads of state school agencies and other advocates for early childhood education. The Commission met through spring 2015, drafted recommendations for the SREB Board to consider in summer 2015 and published its report in fall 2015.