The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education understands that the early years lay a foundation for all life-long learning and growth. To truly impact children in this critical developmental period, a focus on providing quality services from ages zero to five must be a priority. We have developed a strong collaborative partnership with the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) to support children ages birth through 5 in a variety of child care settings. This office supports that collaboration with specialized staff to provide technical assistance to licensed child care programs including both center and home-based child care programs. Moving in partnership with DHR, this new initiative allows the Department to effectively reach more children and utilize federal grant dollars awarded to DHR more efficiently within the state.