Signatures and Assurances

  1. The application must be signed by the State's governor and by an authorized representative from every Participating State Agency.
  2. The State also must submit a certification from the State's Attorney General that the State's descriptions of, and statements and conclusions regarding, State laws, and regulations contained in the State's application are complete and accurate and are reasonable interpretations of those State laws and regulations.

Comments

The Campaign for Grade Level Reading endorses the requirement that State applicants must have an operational State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care (page 5). We believe these Advisory Councils have substantially increased the capacity of states to work across multiple state agencies to build a birth through third grade early learning system and we recommend that the Chair or Co-Chairs of the State Advisory Council be required to sign-off on the state's application for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

We like the requirement that State applicants must have an operational State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care to support cross-sector planning and improvement. We think it would make sense to add a requirement that the chair or co-chairs of State Councils sign off on state applications for RTT-ELC funding.

Elizabeth Burke Bryant
Executive Director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Co-Chair, Rhode Island Early Learning Council

The requirement that the Governor and all participating agencies sign the application supports the system building focus of this application.
Certification from the State Attorney General should be defined as a letter from the AG indicating no conflict with current state laws. An official ruling would be a burden for states.

I agree with the comment above about too many levels of signatures. The most effective plans are simple to execute.

The early childhood service "system" is a misnomer. There is not one, but many.

Highly vulnerable young children, and their families as the locus of much of the service, are seen by many agencies, often without necessary data sharing or care coordination.

It is reasonable and necessary for each participant in this application to have a signature from senior leadership and then for the implementation process to assure, overseen by the state's governor, that true collaboration and appropriate coordination of services, funding, infrastructure and accountability occurs.

Dr. JM Gruendel, CT

An authorized representative from every participating State agency sounds like too many levels of beaurocacy. The primary agencys should be the signors.