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children from birth to school entry, identify opportunities for and barriers to coordination and collaboration among existing Federal and State-funded early childhood programs, and develop recommendations for a statewide professional development system and career ladder for early childhood educators and high-quality State early learning standards.

Another activity of the State Advisory Council under the Head Start Act is to assess the capacity and effectiveness of institutions of higher education in the State to support the development of early childhood educators. The Department strongly encourages lead agencies to assist the State Advisory Council in strengthening State-level coordination and collaboration among the various sectors and settings of early childhood programs in the State to support professional development, recruitment, and retention initiatives for early childhood educators. Regarding personnel standards, nothing would prevent a State from adopting or recommending more rigorous personnel standards under Part C than those developed or recommended by the State Advisory Council.

Because this requirement regarding State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care was established after the proposed Part C regulations were

published, in final §303.118 we have added coordination