Ohio Created an Early Education and Development Officer Position in 2011
Social and Emotional Health, Governance/Leadership, Quality Improvement, Accountability & Evaluation
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To coordinate state efforts to improve children’s readiness for school, Ohio Governor John Kasich created an Early Education and Development Officer position within the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education in October 2011. The officer oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive kindergarten readiness assessment process that includes academic, social and emotional, and physical health measures of readiness. He/she is also responsible for taking a number of actions to improve the overall performance of the early childhood system, such as: including outcome and performance measures within the statewide quality rating and improvement system (QRIS); ensuring all publicly funded, licensed early learning and development providers are part of the QRIS; evaluating and implementing innovative financing strategies that support high quality services; and engaging parents as resources in the development of state policies and programs. To achieve these goals, the officer l works through, and in conjunction with, the many state agencies that serve young children to break down silos and institute an outcomes-oriented approach.