Kentucky creates Early Childhood Advisory Council

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WVLT) -- A new council in Kentucky aims to improve the lives of the commonwealth's youngest residents. With a stroke of the pen, Gov. Steve Beshear (D) created the Early Childhood Advisory Council, appointing former president and CEO of the United Way of Kentucky Sims Tolan as the council's executive director.

“By establishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council, Kentucky now has an opportunity to move closer to a seamless delivery system of early childhood services,” said Gov. Beshear. “I am very pleased that Terry has agreed to this new role and am confident that her expertise will contribute to the council’s success.”

According to the governor's office, the council will try to create common strategies, standards, and goals for Kentucky's early childhood system and to improve the quality of its early childhood services and school readiness.

It added that the 26-member bipartisan council will assess and advocate for the needs of Kentucky’s early childhood system, promote accountability of programs in early childhood and provide research and guidance on issues that affect Kentucky’s children and families.

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