Early Childhood Development Council
The mission of the Wyoming Early Childhood State Advisory Council is to serve Wyoming children and families by facilitating statewide collaboration, evaluating the early childhood system and making recommendations to the Governor, lawmakers and State agencies.
The Duties of the Council are to:
- Conduct a periodic statewide needs assessment
- Identify opportunities for, and barriers to, coordination and collaboration among Wyoming community based activities, Federally-funded and State-funded programs serving young children and their families, nonprofit organizations, businesses, health organizations, churches, parents and any other stake holders to enable integrated and comprehensive services for all families;
- Work with respective public agencies and private providers to cooperatively develop performance measurements
- Work to strengthen the system for children that will assist them from birth to self-sufficiency as adults;
- Develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation of children in existing Federal, State, and local child care and early childhood education programs
- Develop recommendations regarding the establishment of a unified data collection system
- Develop recommendations regarding statewide professional development and career advancement plans
- Assess the capacity and effectiveness of 2- and 4-year public and private institutions of higher education in the State toward supporting the development of early childhood educators
- Make recommendations for improvements in State early learning standards
- Hold public hearings and provide opportunities for public comment on the activities of the Council as necessary
- Submit an annual statewide strategic report addressing the activities of the Council to the Governor; and
- Any other responsibilities necessary or as assigned by the Governor.
The Wyoming Early Childhood State Advisory Council was enacted by Executive Order 2010-2.
Child Care Certification Board
The Child Care Certification Board acts as a board of review and also as an adviser to the state in all matters pertaining to child care programs and child care facility licensing. As a board of review, the Certification Board conducts administrative hearings when a child care facility contests a licensing action such as a license revocation, denial or substantiation of a complaint against the facility.
Board members are appointed by the Governor and composed of the following:
- One representative from the Department of Family Services
- One representative from the Department of Education
- One representative from the Department of Health
- One representative from an agency responsible for sanitation inspections of child care facilities
- The state fire marshal or his designee
- Six operators of child caring facilities or parents
- Four lay members with an interest in child care
Community Juvenile Service Boards
Community Juvenile Services Boards establish, maintain and promote the development of juvenile services in communities and gear them to early identification and diversion of children and youth at risk of entering the juvenile court system in an effort to prevent juvenile delinquency. Staffers provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of Juvenile Services Boards in communities throughout the state.
Interstate Compact on Juveniles (ICJ)
The Interstate Compact on Juveniles (ICJ) provides the mechanism to effect and regulate the movement of a juvenile across state lines while serving the ends of justice, the welfare of the youth and the protection of the community. The Compact has been adopted by every state to provide uniform procedures to permit the return of juveniles who run away and a system under which juvenile offenders can be supervised in other states. Wyoming enacted legislation in 1957, W.S. 14-6-101, Articles I to XVI, and became a member state shortly thereafter.
Wyoming policy regarding ICJ can be found here.
The link for the Interstate Commission for Juveniles website can be found here.
A toolkit is available on the Interstate Commission for Juveniles’s (ICJ) website that provides quick and easy access to information needed by judges, attorneys, or other legal professionals. This toolkit is designed to assist judiciary on the current law and relevant statutes needed to make decisions regarding ICJ youth. Here’s the link for the Toolkit for Judges.
Wyoming ICJ Commissioner
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
What is ICPC? The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) website is a useful site for information on ICPC regulations and functions. The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance website has helpful information about ICAMA.