The Office of Childhood includes several programs with Advisory Councils. The members of these councils are working to improve Missouri’s Early Care and Education system.
Parent Advisory Council
The Missouri Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of family leaders, located around the state, who bring issues facing families to a higher level with the goal of improving access to programs for young children and families.
State Interagency Coordinating Council
The role of the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) is to advise and assist the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in the performance of responsibilities as stated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Coordinating Board for Early Childhood
Although not under the Office of Childhood, the Coordinating Board for Early Childhood (CBEC) is a collection of Missouri leaders from public and private entities who, under RSMo. 210.102, are responsible for coordinating a unified system of Early Care & Education programs. The Department of Social Services oversees this council and members meet quarterly to discuss how to support the healthy development and school readiness for all Missouri children birth through age five.