Early Learning:
Partnerships with Federal Agencies and Others

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Interagency Policy Board (IPB)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have established the Early Learning Interagency Policy Board (IPB) to develop policy recommendations and improve program coordination and quality across federally funded early learning and development programs serving children from birth through age eight. Members of the IPB include senior leaders from the following offices:

IPB Members


  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services [OSERS]
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education [OESE]
    • Office of Early Learning [OEL]
  • Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development [OPEPD]
  • Institute of Education Sciences [IES]
  • Office of English Language Acquisition [OELA]


  • ACF Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development [ODAS-ECD] Office of the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development [ECD]
    • Office of Head Start [OHS]
    • Office of Child Care [OCC]
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [ASPE]
  • Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA]

Additional Members

  • U.S. Office of Mansagement and Budget [OMB]
  • White House Domestic Policy Council [DPC]

Key Activities

  • Communication and outreach activities with the early learning and development field, including:
    • issuing statements on critical early learning and development topics, and
    • highlighting and sharing information with the field about effective early learning and development programs collaborations.
  • Discussion of key early learning policy proposals such as:
    • reauthorizations of relevant ED and HHS early learning programs,
    • policy recommendations that relate to early learning and development; and the
    • development of joint ED/HHS guidance for federal early learning programs; and
  • Developing recommendations for coordination of effective technical assistance strategies and research across federal early learning and development programs.

IPB Meetings

The IPB meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public. For updates about IPB meetings please join our early learning listserv.

NEXT The next IPB meeting will be announced soon.

PAST Past IPB meetings:

When: November 5, 2015
Where: U.S. Department of Education

IPB Joint Statements

The IPB has developed joint policy statements on issues that are important to improving early learning programs including:


A Partnership with HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) are committed to working together to significantly expand and improve services for young children and their families. ED and HHS work together to support state-level innovation through the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Program, which has funded more than one billion dollars to 20 states to develop and enhance coordinated early learning and development systems and the Preschool Development Grants, which has expanded high-quality preschool for 4-year olds in 18 states.

The specific offices in HHS that ED collaborates with around early learning include:

  • ACF’s Office of Early Childhood Development [ECD]
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [ASPE]
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC]
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD]
  • Health Resources and Services Administration [HSRC]
  • Maternal & Child Health Bureau [MCHB]
  • National Institutes of Mental Health [NIMH]
  • Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation [OPRE]


Other Federal Partners
  • Bureau of Indian Education [BIE]
  • Department of Agriculture [USDA]
  • Department of Defense [DoD]
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]
  • Office of Personnel Management [OPM/GSA]

Last Modified: 11/17/2016