Partnerships with Federal Agencies and Others
Interagency Policy Board (IPB)
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have established the Early Learning Interagency Policy Board (IPB) to develop policy recommendations and improve program coordination and quality across federally funded early learning and development programs serving children from birth through age eight.
Members of the IPB include senior leaders from the following offices:
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services [OSERS]
- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education [OESE]
- Office of Early Learning [OEL]
- Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development [OPEPD]
- Institute of Education Sciences [IES]
- Office of English Language Acquisition [OELA]
- ACF Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development [ODAS-ECD] Office of the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development [ECD]
- Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [ASPE]
- Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA]
- Communication and outreach activities with the early learning and development field, including:
- issuing statements on critical early learning and development topics, and
- highlighting and sharing information with the field about effective early learning and development programs collaborations.
- Discussion of key early learning policy proposals such as:
- reauthorizations of relevant ED and HHS early learning programs,
- policy recommendations that relate to early learning and development; and the
- development of joint ED/HHS guidance for federal early learning programs; and
- Developing recommendations for coordination of effective technical assistance strategies and research across federal early learning and development programs.
The IPB has developed joint policy statements on issues that are important to improving early learning programs including:
A Partnership with HHS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) are committed to working together to significantly expand and improve services for young children and their families. ED and HHS work together to support state-level innovation through the Preschool Development Grants, which has expanded high-quality preschool for 4-year olds in 18 states.
ACF's Office of Early Childhood Development [ECD]
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [ASPE]
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC]
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD]
Health Resources and Services Administration [MCHB]
Maternal & Child Health Bureau [MCHB]
National Institutes of Mental Health [NIMH]
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation [OPRE]
Other Federal Partners