Transition of the Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Advisory Council on Early Childhood Care and Education
WHEREAS, a state advisory council on early childhood education and care is an important mechanism necessary to build, maintain, and strengthen a comprehensive, outcomes-based, integrated early childhood system that ensures all children enter Kindergarten prepared for success;
WHEREAS, 42 U.S.C. 9837b(b)(1)(A) requires the Governor to designate or establish a council to serve as the state advisory council on early childhood education and care for children from birth to school entry;
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. BJ 2013-13 directed the Children’s Cabinet to create an early childhood advisory council (ECAC) to serve as Louisiana’s state advisory council, with all members appointed by the Governor and serving without compensation;
WHEREAS, La. R.S. 17:407.51, effective October 1, 2014, requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish an Advisory Council on Early Childhood Care and Education, and at its monthly meeting on October 15, 2014, the Board approved appointments to the Council made by the State Superintendent of Education;
WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the citizens of the state of Louisiana to transition this centralized and coordinated effort from the ECAC to the Advisory Council on Early Childhood Care and Education created under the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per La. R.S. 17:407.51.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bobby Jindal, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Advisory Council on Early Childhood Care and Education (hereafter “Council”), established pursuant to La. R.S. 17:407.51, is hereby designated to serve as the state advisory council on early childhood education and care for children from birth to school entry per 42 U.S.C. 9837b(b)(1)(A).
SECTION 2: In accordance with La. R.S. 17:407.51, the Council shall consist of 17 voting members and 13 nonvoting ex officio members. The members of the Council shall not receive compensation or a per diem for their services or attendance at council meetings.
SECTION 3: The chair of this Council shall be elected by the voting members of the Council and shall coordinate activities of the Council. The Council shall be responsible for the duties set forth in La. R.S. 17:407.51
SECTION 4: Executive Order No. BJ 2013-13 is hereby terminated, effective August 26, 2015.
SECTION 5: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the State of Louisiana, or any other political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Council and BESE in implementing and maintaining the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 6: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 27th day of August, 2015.
Secretary of State