Coordinating Board for Early Childhood

205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone: (573)-751-6793
Fax: (573)-526-9586


Details on Board or Commission

Authority: RSMo 210.102

Department: Social Services

Mission: To ensure that Missouri’s early childhood programs and services are comprehensive, coordinated, accessible, adequately funded and of the highest quality to meet the needs and to promote the well-being of all young children and their families. This can be accomplished by (a) developing key partnerships, (b) building collaborative strategies and (c) ensuring equal access to necessary resources, resulting in the implementation of an effective and sustainable early childhood system.


SubCommittees: Executive Committee; Early Care & Education Programs Workgroup; Early Childhood Mental Health Workgroup; Healthcare Workgroup; Home Visitation Workgroup

Details on Meetings

Number of meetings: 4 meetings a year in person in Jefferson City.

Location of meetings: Jefferson City/Conference Call

Duration of meetings: 5 hours

Preparation time for meetings:

Total time commitment: 20 - 40 hours a year

Details on Members

Total members: 17

Appointed members: 9

Term length: Members serve at pleasure of the Governor.

Compensation: Members of the board shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for actual expenses necessary to the performance of their official duties for the board.

Member Requirements: representatives of the groups, such as business, philanthropy, civic groups, faith-based organizations, parent groups, advocacy organizations, early childhood service providers, and other stakeholders

Political Requirements: No

Geographic Requirements: No

Senate Consent Required: Yes


Mrs. Joanne Ralston
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Judiciary Representative

Dr. Valeri J. Lane
Member 1
Term begins: Jan 11, 2006

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Member 2

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Member 3

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Member 4

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Member 5

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Member 6

Ms. Paula D. Knight
Member 7
St. Louis
Term begins: Sep 19, 2012

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Member 8

Dr. Shirley S. Patterson
Member 9
Term begins: Oct 26, 2011

Ms. Cindy Burks
Representative Department of Social Services

Julie Allen
Representative from Department of Mental Health
Term begins: Jun 12, 2018

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Representative from DHSS

Mrs. Roseann K. Bentley
Representative from FACT
Term begins: Feb 22, 2007

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Representative from Governor's Office

Mrs. Stacey Owsley Wright
Representative from Head Start
Term begins: Jun 1, 2006