Governance

The statewide Early Childhood strategic plan was finalized in September 2020 and can be found at the Early Childhood Alaska website. A specific strategy under Goal 3 of the plan: “Alaska Children and Families are supported by a Functional, Comprehensive, Mixed-Delivery Early Childhood System” was to form a governance task force with the focus on creating an improved, sustainable, and accountable governance approach with decision-making authority.

Early Childhood Governance refers to a state’s organizational structures and its placement of authority and accountability for making program policy, financing, and implementation decisions for publicly funded early care and education for children birth to age 5. Governance is the means by which authority and accountability for certain functions is allocated.

Alaska’s Early Childhood Governance Task Force convened in early 2020 with the goal to develop recommendations and a proposal for a new governance design. The design process utilizes a systems perspective so that the programs and funding streams are harnessed in a set strategic direction as well as to establish roles and responsibilities to implement the strategic plan for improved outcomes for children and families.

Access the Governance Task Force June 2021 Update here:

Sources:
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center. (n.d.). System Framework Glossary. Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.
Regenstein, E., & Lipper, K. (2013). A Framework for Choosing a State-Level Early Childhood Governance System. The Build Initiative.