National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) provides policy consultation and other technical assistance services to help governors and their advisors develop and improve state policies and strategies in multiple areas of state government. The early learning team in the Center’s Education Division focuses on issues related to the learning and development of children from birth through third grade.

Alliance-Funded Support for State Advocacy

NGA is pursuing four key strategies to support Governors and their staff in advancing state policies for young children. 

1. Operating a Governor’s Response Team to provide customized, responsive support to Governors Education Policy Advisors (GEPAs) through sites visits, a GEPA handbook, and customized technical assistance. 

2. Gubernatorial issue tracking of early childhood policy issues in campaigns, State of the State addresses and budget requests so they can better identify trends and support governors and new education advisors to identify appropriate levers for influencing early care and education policies. 

3. Hosting an annual GEPA Institute to provide GEPAs with opportunities to brainstorm policy solutions and learn policy implementation lessons from one another and from national and state experts. 

4. Hosting events and sharing information with GEPAS in 3 priority areas: pre-K-to-third alignment, social- emotional learning, and the early childhood workforce.