Chairperson: Dawn Murphy
Vice-chairperson: Mary Phillips
Support to the Council:
Facilitator: Eleanor J. Shirley
Secretary: Karen Hoffman
The links below are to federal grants related to early childhood that have been awarded to the ECICC or to a Nebraska state agency with oversight responsible by the ECICC. The Council serves in an advisory 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
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) As part of the 2017 Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act, the MIECHV program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and provides grant funding to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to provide support for pregnant or parenting families of children birth to age 5, who may struggle with significant life stressors such as poverty, exposure to violence or substance abuse, teen parenting, or military families with one or both parents in service.
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.
Scheduled Meetings for 2018:
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.
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.
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.
Meetings of Past ECICC Meetings:
Please contact the ECICC secretary for minutes of meetings beginning in 2000 until presently posted.
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.
Current relationships related to the work and priorities of ECICC:
- Early Childhood Data System Project
- Early Childhood Education Endowment Grant Program, Ages Birth to Three (Sixpence)
- Early Childhood Education Grant Program, Ages Three to Five
- Early Development Network (Early Intervention)
- Early Learning Connection (ELC)
- First Five Nebraska
- Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO)
- Legislative Priorities/First Five Nebraska
- Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
- Nebraska Department of Education
– Office of Early Childhood
– Special Education
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
– Child Care Licensing
– Child Care Subsidy
– For Parents
– For Providers
- Early Childhood Data Coalition
- Nebraska Head Start Association
- Nebraska Legislature
- PTI-Nebraska Parent training and information
- Results Matter in Nebraska
- Step Up To Quality
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 – Historical Documents
- Early Childhood Financing Task Force Report (2005-2007)
– Early Childhood Economic Impact Study
– Early Childhood Economic Impact Talking Points
- Task Force for Quality Child Care/Worthy Wage (2003-2004)
– ECICC Task Force Report on Quality Child Care/Worthy Wage
– Executive Summary of Quality Child Care/Worthy Wage Report
– Press Release for Quality Child Care/Worthy Wage Report
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.
Policies: The Council operates according to procedures outlined in the ECICC Bylaws and the ECICC Operating Procedures approved by the membership.
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).
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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.