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Council Officers:
The Council chairperson and vice-chairperson are non-agency members of the Council. The chairperson is appointed by the Governor. The vice-chairperson is elected by the Council.

Chairperson: Vacant

Vice-chairperson: Julie Rother
Wayne, NE
Phone: 402-369-3822
Email: phndirector@nnphd.org

Support to the Council:
Council work is supported by staff assigned by the Nebraska Department of Education, fiscal agent for the Council. The agency representative oversees staffing and fiscal management. The facilitator works with the Council’s chairperson and Steering Committee to develop meeting agenda and manage other ECICC business. The secretary provides minutes, maintains membership data, and handles meeting logistics.

Agency Representative: Melody Hobson
Nebraska Department of Education
P.O. Box 94987 Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: 402-471-0263
Email: melody.hobson@nebraska.gov

Facilitator: Eleanor J. Shirley
Phone: 402-430-4482
Email: dialogic.dimensions@gmail.com

Secretary: Karen Hoffman
Nebraska Department of Education
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: 402-471-4829
Email: karen.hoffman@nebraska.gov

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ECICC Grants

The links below are to federal grants related to early childhood that have been awarded to the ECICC or a Nebraska state agency. The Council serves in an advisory and/or stakeholder capacity for the grant application and implementation.

  • IDEA-Part C grant: Funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)-Part C, infants and toddlers with disabilities ages birth-3, is carried out by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as co-lead agencies. The ECICC serves as the state interagency coordinating council for Part C.
    Nebraska IDEA Part C grant application
    Nebraska Early Development Network
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant Program: Together for Kids and Families is a grant that was originally awarded to Nebraska Health and Human Services System in 2003. It is funded through the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant Program administered by the U.S. DHHS Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The ECCS project was designed to address comprehensive early childhood systems, inclusive of the following topic areas: (1) access to medical/dental homes, (2) mental health/social-emotional development, (3) early care and education, (4) parent education, and (5) family support.
    Together for Kids and Families
  • Home Visiting Program: Carried out in accordance with new federal law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) amends the Social Security Act, Title V, Section 511 by creating the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The program is funded by a grant to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from the USDHHS-MCHB. The program is intended for families with pregnant women and children from birth to age five.
    Nebraska’s ACA Home Visiting Program
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ECICC Meetings

Meetings of the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC) are held at least four times per year and are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at Southeast Community College – Continuing Education Building, located at 301 S 68th Street Place, 3rd Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Public Comment: The ECICC welcomes public comment from individuals and organizations about topics and issues related to programs and services for young children and their families. Each meeting has a time for public comment. Written comments are also heard during this time. Please direct written public comment to the secretary of ECICC.

Next meeting:
 November 17, 2017

Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center
Southeast Community College
301 South 68th Street Place
Lincoln, NE

9:00AM -3:00PM

Public Notice
Agenda

Note: Meeting information is posted as it becomes available.
The meeting agenda may be revised up to 24 hours before the meeting begins.

View minutes of past ECICC meetings.

Scheduled Meetings for 2017:

  • November 17, 2017

Scheduled Meetings for 2018:

  • February 23, 2108
  • May 11, 2018
  • August 17, 2018
  • November 16, 2018

 

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Membership of the ECICC

Council Members are appointed by the Governor based on criteria outlined in state and federal statutes and represent a variety of geographic, rural and urban areas of the state. Members are appointed for a three-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. Reappointment is at the discretion of the governor.

Representation of ECICC Members as required in Federal and State Statutes

Roster of ECICC Members

Please check with the ECICC secretary for contact information of ECICC members.

Appointment to the Council: Persons interested in serving on the ECICC may make application to the Nebraska Office of the Governor/ Boards and Commissions.

Application for Executive Appointment: https://governor.nebraska.gov/board-comm-req

Technical assistance personnel may be assigned to the ECICC at the request of the Council Steering Committee. Technical assistants participate in Council meetings in a neutral capacity to advise and assist the Council in carrying out its responsibilities.

Council staff are assigned by the Department of Education, as fiscal agent, to support the Council. Contact Us.

 

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ECICC Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC) are posted to this webpage approximately two weeks after a meeting. Minutes are considered tentative until they are approved at the next Council meeting. Minutes of past ECICC meetings are listed below.

View upcoming ECICC meeting schedule.

Meetings of Past ECICC Meetings:

 2017
May 5, 2017
CCDF Update May 5, 2017
August 18, 2017
November 17, 2017
2016
February 19, 2016
May 6, 2016
June 6, 2016
August 19, 2016
November 18, 2016
2015
February 13, 2015
May 1, 2015
August 28, 2015
November 20, 2015
2014
February 14, 2014
May 9, 2014
August 22, 2014
November 21, 2014
2013
February 15, 2013
May 10, 2013
August 23, 2013
November 15, 2013
2012
February 17, 2012
May 11, 2012
August 24, 2012
November 16, 2012

 

2011
February 11, 2011
April 25, 2011 (Public hearing)
May 13, 2011
August 25, 2011

August 26, 2011 (Retreat)
December 2, 2011
2010
February 12, 2010
May 14, 2010
July 12, 2010 (Public Hearing)
August 27, 2010
November 19, 2010
2009
February 13, 2009 (Agenda-cancelled)
May 8, 2009
August 28, 2009
November 13, 2009
2008
February 15, 2008 (Agenda-cancelled)
May 2, 2008
August 22, 2008
November 14, 2008
2007
February 16, 2007
May 18, 2007
August 24, 2007
November 16, 2007
2006
February 10, 2006
May 19, 2006
August 25, 2006
November 17, 2006
2005
February 18, 2005
May 13, 2005
August 26, 2005
December 9, 2005

 

Please contact the ECICC secretary for minutes of meetings beginning in 2000 until presently posted.

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ECICC Projects and Relationships

The ECICC serves in an advisory and stakeholder capacity for grants and reports about early childhood that are required or conducted by state agencies under statutory authority. Currently, a state advisory council (SAC) grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 supports two priority focus areas of the ECICC. The Council receives regular updates on these projects and other early childhood initiatives that relate to ECICC priorities or are of special interest.

Graphic:
Linkages and Relationships to ECICC Chart
ECICC Priority Focus Areas
Nebraska’s Early Childhood Framework

ECICC Goals: SAC Grant Priority Projects:

Current relationships related to the work and priorities of ECICC:

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ECICC Reports

The links below are to reports related to early childhood that are required or conducted under statutory authority, or that are conducted under the recommendation of the ECICC, such as the task force reports.

ECICC Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood: This report is prepared by the ECICC and submitted biennially to the governor, as required in statute.

2016 Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood
2014 Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood
2012 Strategic Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood
2012 Executive Summary
2010 Strategic Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood
2010 Executive Summary
2008 Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood
2006 Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood
2004 Report to the Governor on the Status of Early Childhood
2002 Governor’s Status Report
2002 Executive Summary

IDEA-Part C Reports: In Nebraska, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)-Part C, infants and toddlers with disabilities ages birth-3, is carried out by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as co-lead agencies, which prepares the reports that are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. The reports are submitted to the Governor by the ECICC, which serves as the state interagency coordinating council for Part C.
Nebraska IDEA Part C State Performance Plan
Nebraska IDEA Part C Annual Performance Reports

Early Childhood Task Force Reports

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Administration for Children and Families

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ECICC Statutes and Policies

Statutes: The Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council was established by Nebraska Revised Statutes (Neb.Rev.Stat.) 43-3401 to 43-3403 to advise and assist collaborating agencies in carrying out the provisions of state and federal statutes pertaining to early childhood care and education initiatives under state supervision.

Laws, Statutes & Regulations supporting the work of the Nebraska Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC)

Overview of laws, statutes & regulations supporting the work of the ECICC

Overview of responsibilities of the ECICC based on statutes relating to the ECICC

Policies: The Council operates according to procedures outlined in the ECICC Bylaws and the ECICC Operating Procedures approved by the membership.

ECICC Bylaws

ECICC Operating Procedures

 

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Nebraska Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC)

The Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council was established by Nebraska Revised Statutes (Neb.Rev.Stat.) 43-3401 to 43-3403 to advise and assist collaborating agencies in carrying out the provisions of state and federal statutes pertaining to early childhood care and education initiatives under state supervision.

  • With respect to the Early Intervention Act, the Quality Child Care Act, and sections 79-1101 to 79-1104, the ECICC serves in an advisory capacity to state agencies responsible for early childhood care and education, including care for school-age children. (Neb.Rev.Stat. 43-3402)

 

  • With respect to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004, the ECICC serves as the State Interagency Coordinating Council to carry out the functions described in P.L. 108-446 Section 641 (20 U.S.C. ยง1441).

 

  • With respect to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, the ECICC serves as the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care, as designated by Governor Heineman, to carry out the responsibilities described in P.L.110-134, Section 642B (42 U.S.C. ยง 9837b).

Click Statutes & Policies for more information.

This website includes information about ECICC membership and meetings, statutory authority and policies supporting the ECICC, reports to the Governor on the status of early childhood in Nebraska, and other information related to the work of the ECICC.

Council Meetings: The ECICC meets at least four times per year. Public comment is regularly scheduled on the ECICC meeting agenda. See the meetings page for times and locations of scheduled meetings and for information about making public comment.

Council Membership: Council members are appointed by the Governor to meet statutory requirements for representation. See the membership page for more information.

Council Projects & Relationships: Council work is carried out by reports and recommendations from the Council. These are often based on the work of Council committees and task forces, whose role is to develop information and recommendations in the areas of policy, funding and resources, data enhancements, gaps and barriers in services, and coordination and collaboration among programs and agencies. The ECICC also serves as a stakeholder group for grants and reports about early childhood that are required or conducted under statutory authority by state agencies. The Council receives updates on state initiatives and policy related to young children and their families, as well as information about local and regional early childhood programs and services.See the projects & relationships page for more information.

 

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