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New Hampshire's

Governor appointed early childhood council

Why the Council for Thriving Children

Because every child deserves a happy, healthy childhood.

The Council for Thriving Children was formed on a simple premise: all families are afforded comprehensive and responsive supports, so they are healthy, learning, and thriving now and in the future. To that end, the Council for Thriving Children promotes policies and best practices that systematically support all New Hampshire children and families through nonpartisan cross-sector collaboration.

New Hampshire’s Early Childhood Advisory Council

The Council for Thriving Children serves as New Hampshire’s State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Care and Education under the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134. Members of the Council are gubernatorial appointments.

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The investments made in early childhood education, health, and family support will open doors of opportunity for families across the Granite State and give New Hampshire children a strong foundation for tomorrow's future.

Christopher T. Sununu

Governor State of New Hampshire

118K children in NH

There are 118K children aged 0 - 8 in NH. Of these children, 24% live below 200% of the federal poverty level, which can mean challenges for families to pay for essentials like housing and food.

Looking to the Future

The Council is responsible for advising, making recommendations, and undertaking the following:


•  Strengthen New Hampshire's early childhood infrastructure in all environments

•  Build the capacity of families, professional and non-professional caregivers and educators 

•  Ensure an integrated and coordinated early childhood governance structure 

•  Enhance the interoperability of data systems within and across government agencies 

•  Promote parent knowledge and choice 

•  Ensure the sharing of best practice

•  Expand access and equity, and improve transitions for children and their families