Early Childhood Advisory Council

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council
Department 
Governor's Office
Governor Appointments 
25
Total Board Positions 
25
Cite Name 
Exec. Order
Cite Number 
No. 6, 32 N.C. Reg. 1737-1739 (March 15, 2018), which was issued on February 16, 2018
Ethics 
Yes
Term Length 
2 years
Purpose 
North Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council provides leadership in the development of a premiere early learning and development system for children birth to age 8. The Council focuses on: • Creating and guiding a bold early childhood action plan that aligns with other efforts to advance the state’s early childhood system. • Building awareness of the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences to future education and career success to ensure young children in North Carolina are learning and thriving. • Recommending and advocating for policies and funding that improve equitable access to high-quality early childhood services and better outcomes for young children and families.

Current Members


Member Name 
Appointment Date 
Term End Date 
Term Type 
Requirements 
Velva Jenkins 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedRep. from state institutions of higher education
Kristin Walker 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedNorth Carolina Office of State Budget and Management Rep.
Vacant5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedPresident of North Carolina Partnership for Children
Mamie Bernadette Rodgers 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedChild Care Provider
Banu Valladares 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedChild Care Provider
Terry T. David 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedHead Start agency located in the State, including migrant and seasonal Head Start programs and Indian Head Start programs.
Valerie Bridges 1/3/202012/31/2020LimitedLocal educational agency
Susan H. Butler-Staub 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedCurrent consumer of early childhood services
Eric Hart 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedCurrent consumer of early childhood services
David Stegall 1/24/202012/31/2020LimitedNorth Carolina Department of Public Instruction Rep.
Janet Singerman 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Kelly Maxwell 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Stephanie Fanjul 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Meka S. Sales 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Laura Gerald 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Vacant5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Gerald M. Croan 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Doré R. LaForett 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Kathy Higgins 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedAt-Large
Mandy Cohen 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedSecretary of DHHS
Karen C. McKnight 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedState Director of Head Start
Betsey Cuervo Tilson 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedDHHS member representing child care, NC Pre-K, health, mental health, social services, and the Infant-Toddler Program
Susan Perry 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedDHHS member representing child care, NC Pre-K, health, mental health, social services, and the Infant-Toddler Program
Kristi L. Snuggs 12/6/201912/31/2020LimitedDHHS member representing child care, NC Pre-K, health, mental health, social services, and the Infant-Toddler Program
Lisa M. Chapman 5/11/201812/31/2020LimitedRep. from state institutions of higher education


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