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.
The Early Childhood Data System Committee develops recommendations for an integrated early childhood data system for New Hampshire, which include:
• policy and resource issues associated with data sharing across early childhood-related programs and services
• key early childhood-related policy and practice questions to be answered using an integrated early childhood data system
• a process for using integrated data to inform policy and practice
The committee prioritizes implementation plans based on feasibility.
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.
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.”
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 members. The Nominating Committee is only open to Council Members.
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.
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.
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.
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.