The Rhode Island Early Learning Council

The Rhode Island Early Learning Council facilitates the development of high-quality systems of early childhood education and care, from birth to age 8, with the goal of improving school readiness and success in school. The Council has developed a state plan to improve access to high quality early care and education services and to improve coordination and collaboration among multiple agencies, organizations and programs.

The Rhode Island Early Learning Council was formed in June 2010 with the goal of ensuring that Rhode Island children from birth to age eight have access to high quality early learning experiences in a variety of settings. The appointment of a state advisory council on young children’s early learning and development is required by federal law. Members are appointed by the Governor of Rhode Island.

Ken Wagner, Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Leanne Barrett, Senior Policy Analyst, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

The Rhode Island Early Learning Council provides leadership for the implementation of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge effort. The Early Learning Council meets quarterly, and is open to the public.

There are five Subcommittees of the Early Learning Council: 

  • Early Learning Data System Early Learning Standards & Assessment, 
  • Early Learning Workforce Development, 
  • Improving Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs, and 
  • Program Standards & Quality Improvement.

Stay up to date with all Rhode Island Early Learning Council meetings, subcommittee meetings, and public forums & meetings by checking the Community Calendar.

For more information, please visit The Early Learning Council website.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.


Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


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