Community Early Childhood Council
Community Early Childhood Councils (CECC) were created as part of Governor Paul Patton’s Early Childhood Initiative, KIDS NOW in 2000. The creation of a CECC provides a way to coordinate local resources to meet the early child-hood needs that are unique to each community. It also provides a means for the local community to provide input to state policy makers and planners. In 2001, the Marion / Washington CECC was formed with participating local government agencies, organizations, schools, and child care providers from both counties making up the Council membership. Grant funding received for the fiscal year 2002, and the Council has continued to operate since that time, promoting improvements in the care and education of young children.