MACo joined a peer learning community of other state associations, known as the PN-3 Peer Learning Community, working on early childhood education and welfare policy. The program is through partnership with the National Association of Counties.
The Prenatatal-to-Three (PN-3) Peer Learning Community for State Associations of Counites is part of the National Association of Counties (NACo)’s Counties for Kids program, in partnership with the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers.
The PN-3 community provides a peer learning experience for state associations of counties and serves as a resource in helping to build capacity within respective state associations to support county leaders in their pursuit of local investments and state-local coordination on early childhood policies, funding and services.
Maryland joins several other diverse states already involved in the community, including North Carolina, New York, Nebraska, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin.
The PN-3 community explores a diverse range of local policy issues related to early childhood, including health, community and family services, education, economic development and labor, and housing and social welfare. Of particular interest to the group is the collaborative nature of these various areas of policy in shaping the well-being and success of children and families, and how local governments can best navigate that work.
MACo kicked off its participation in the PN-3 Learning Community on Friday, April 29, with a presentation from the Nebraska Association of County Officials and Nebraska Children on what that state and its unique jurisdictions are doing to support infancy through early childhood welfare and well-being. The presentation focused on early intervention and prevention of child welfare placements, with an emphasis on family resources and support.
Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more on this exciting opportunity and any county-relevant news and resources to come from MACo’s engagement.