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WV Early Childhood Task Force Seeks Helpers

June 28, 2013

The West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force is seeking to engage 1,000 West Virginians in the next 100 days to help create a development plan for early childhood from prenatal to age 5.

The task force is collaborating with the state's Early Childhood Advisory Council to provide the plan to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin by the end of the year.

Anyone interested in taking part can sign up for e-updates at The updates will include task force meetings, events and opportunities to get involved.

An online survey will be posted in mid-July for parents, professionals and concerned citizens to express their views about how to improve the well-being of young children and their families, according Julie Pratt, project director.

She also noted people can help by holding community forums in their neighborhoods or towns to lead a discussion based on the guide, "Making the Most of the First Three Years." Information and materials are available at

Other ways to help:

- Host a stakeholder discussion. The task force will be facilitating 20 small-group discussions for parents, professionals, employers and others about what can be done to build a stronger system of early childhood services in the state. For information, contact Pratt at 304-610-7154 or julie@ontheridge

- Participate in a study group. The task force has created three study groups to address system design, quality and evaluation, and finance and governance. The study groups will examine the findings from the above activities, along with other research, and develop recommendations. To apply to serve on a study group, go to Applications are due by July 5.



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