- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an executive order establishing a Council for Thriving Children, an advisory council on early childhood care and education.

The council will be led by the departments of Health and Human Services and Education. It will make recommendations on strengthening early childhood home, child care, school and community settings, according to the order.

The council will “build the capacity of families, professional and non-professional caregivers and educators throughout the state to meet the important health and educational needs” of children.

It also will “ensure an integrated and coordinated early childhood governance structure across state and government and connected to local communities by ensuring ongoing needs assessment and strategic planning,” among other responsibilities.

Members of the council will include a couple of parents, grandparents, relatives or other alternative caregivers who have young children from newborns to 8 years old; commissioners or representatives from state agencies; a representative of a Head Start agency; a pediatrician; and others.

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