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Committee Information

Spark NH has six Committees that are open to members and non-members of Spark NH. The Executive Committee is made up of members of the Council. Committees are long standing, and task forces are sub groups of committees and are time limited.

Communications and Public Awareness

The Communications and Public Awareness Committee creates and maintains a strong information loop between the Council and its state and local constituents and stakeholders and builds public awareness of and commitment to early childhood.

 

Early Childhood Data System

The Early Childhood Data System Committee facilitates the development and implementation of an integrated, cross-sector data system that connects early childhood data to the New Hampshire Department of Education's longitudinal data system. 
 

Evaluation

The Evaluation Committee ensures accountability of the Council by working with the evaluation consultant to design and implement an evaluation plan that documents Council processes and outcomes relative to Federal requirements and other mandates and activities.

 

Executive

The Council Executive Committee is the governing body of Spark NH.  The Council’s bylaws provide that the Executive Committee “shall include the elected officers of the Council: a Chair, a vice-chair, and a treasurer.  If the Chair works in State government, then the Vice Chair shall work outside state government and vice-versa.  The Executive Committee shall also include the Representative of the designated coordinating body of Spark NH (the Executive Director of Early Learning NH), the Administrator of the Head Start Collaboration Office and a Council member representing the NH Department of Education.”

 

Family Partnership and Engagement Task Force

The Family Partnership and Engagement Task Force develops and implements strategies for including families in Spark NH’s work. 

 

Home Visiting Task Force

The Maternal Infant, Early Childhood (MIEC) Home Visiting Task Force works with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and the New Hampshire Department of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Section, on its home visiting plan in 5 under-served areas of the state.

 

Nominating Task Force

The Nominating Task Force determines the composition of the Council by identifying, recruiting, and proposing Council membersThe Nominating Committee is only open to Council Members.

 

Funding and Sustainability

The Funding and Sustainability Committee identifies and secures sources of funding and support to ensure comprehensive, quality early childhood supports and services in New Hampshire, and dedicated staffing for Spark NH to continue its work efficiently and effectively. 

 

Policy

The Policy Committee coordinates the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for early childhood in New Hampshire and collaborates with state agency and policy leaders to identify and support changes in policy regarding expectant families and children from birth through third grade and their families.

 

Quality of Early Childhood Programs and Services

The Quality of Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee advises lead agencies on issues relative to Federal and State program standards, reviews and revises as feasible quality standards for early childhood programs, and ensures access to and coordination and collaboration among programs.

 

Workforce and Professional Development

The Workforce and Professional Development Committee develops recommendations and implementation plans to enhance New Hampshire’s capacity for the recruitment, retention, advancement, and support of qualified professionals across early childhood programs via education, training, and credentialing.

 

See our calendar of Council, Committee, and Task force meetings

Email Spark's Director, Laura Milliken, for information on joining a committee or task force.