Office of Early Childhood Development

Mission Statement:

The Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) will act as a catalyst to create a collective impact and support the early learning and care of our nation’s children and their families.

ECD strategies will include:

  • Communication: ECD consistently communicates, within the organization and across HHS, an established set of values and norms that promote the importance of early childhood development across all our programs.
  • Coordination and Partnerships: ECD develops governance, structures and champions that enable coordination across ACF, HHS, and other federal agencies; and mobilizes a network of public and private partners to support early childhood development.
  • Sustainability: ECD aligns its initiatives across ACF to institutionalize and make the established values and norms sustainable.
  • Resource sharing: ECD provides resources to states and communities to facilitate cross-service and cross-sector coordination.


Dr. Deborah Bergeron is the Director of the Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and is also representing the Office of Head Start as its Director. Within ECD, Dr. Bergeron aims to bring together early childhood programming across ACF offices and beyond ACF to better align programs, coordinate collaborative efforts and become the front-facing identifier for ACF in the area of early childhood development.




Last Reviewed: June 29, 2020