AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT
The Governor's Children's Cabinet for American Samoa (State Advisory Council) will impact over 2,500 children from birth to 5 years old that are served through the early childhood system administered by both the local Department of Education (with Head Start funding) and the Department of Human and Social Services (with Child Care Development Fund block grant). The project will establish a territorial level advisory council that will conduct a comprehensive review of the early childhood system and provide recommendations to the Governor and his Administration on public policy and best practices that can be implemented to improve the quality of care and services delivered to the target population through child care centers and early childhood education (ECE) centers. The American Samoa Government currently oversees all early childhood services available through 24 ECE centers and over 40 subsidized child care centers (family and group based). Head Start promotes the school readiness of low-income children through the provision of comprehensive health, developmental and family services. The Child Care Development Fund assists low income families, families receiving temporary public assistance and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education.