Council of Chief State School Officers

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) builds the capacity of chief state school officers and state education agencies (SEAs) to develop, fund, and improve the quality of early childhood programs and kindergarten through third-grade education. The organization’s goals are to prevent achievement gaps for children and improve early learning outcomes for all children. CCSSO convenes state program managers and researchers to work on child and program quality standards, assessments, data systems, accountability, and workforce initiatives. 

One-third of chief state school officers who responded to CCSSO’s annual survey named early learning as their top priority.

Alliance-Funded Support for State Advocacy

CCSSO is working with cross-division teams from four SEAs to develop a vision, policy framework, goals, and an implementation plan to align policies and practices from pre-k through third grade at the state and local levels.

Priorities for SEAs include instructional quality, workforce development, and family engagement. This work is part of CCSSO’s general focus on educational equity and will lay the foundation and complement a major early learning project.