About The Alabama Children’s Policy Council
The Alabama Children’s Policy Council (CPC) system originated from the Alabama Juvenile Justice Coordinating Councils. The CPCs are vehicles for collaboration throughout the state. The work of the Children’s Policy Council system is to address community needs by facilitating children and family service providers collaborations to develop a comprehensive service plan that focuses on health, early care and education, parent/family engagement, safety, education (K- 12), and economic security needs of children from birth to 19. The ADECE supports the work through grant funding and staff involvement in collecting data, facilitating meetings, and supporting efforts to address community needs.
The most recent collaborative effort of the CPCs involves a focus on literacy across the state. Jefferson, Macon, Marshall, Monroe, Randolph, Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Greene, Wilcox, Shelby, Sumter, Colbert and Perry County CPCs are working with ADECE as part of the Alabama Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to build upon existing efforts of supporting parents as a child’s best and first teacher by developing out-of-the-classroom strategies to improve third grade reading proficiency. The ACGLR program is part of Governor Ivey’s Strong Start Strong Finish initiative that’s created around five pillars Birth to 8 systems, Family Engagement, Health, and Well-Being, Learning Outside of the Classroom, and supports for struggling readers, children with special needs, and English Language Learners.