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Established in 2020 by Governor Sununu

New Hampshire's Early Childhood Council

The Council for Thriving Children was established in 2020 by Executive Order 2020-03 to guide New Hampshire's Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) governance system. The system includes four main quadrants: Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, B-8 Parent Advisors, and the Early Childhood Scientific Advisory Panel. 

Supporting children in many ways

Co-led by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education, the Council, appointed by the Governor, includes family member advocates, early childhood experts, health care leaders, state legislators, business leaders, and Commissioners from other state agencies who have come together to enhance the  well-being of young children and families in New Hampshire. 

New Hampshire's Early Childhood Governance System

The Council for Thriving Children, co-led by NHED and NH DHHS, 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.