NH’s Birth Through Eight (B-8) Family-Community Advisory Council

The B-8

A team of diverse families and early childhood professionals ensuring our early childhood system is responsive to the needs and wants of Granite State families and those who work to support them.

What is the B-8 Family-Community Advisory Council?

The Birth-Eight Family and Community Advisory Team (B-8) is a part of the NH Early Childhood Governance System and functions as a formal feedback mechanism for the Council for Thriving Children and other early childhood stakeholders. It gives family and community members an opportunity to deliver their insights about what New Hampshire families and children need to thrive.

Who is on the B-8?

Members of this team are parents and caregivers of children under the age of eight years old, early childhood providers, and agencies representing diverse experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and landscapes across NH.

We do the following:

  • Advise the Council on various early childhood issues, initiatives, and policies from the perspectives of families that utilize them and the early childhood professionals who support them.
  • Review and make suggestions to ensure early childhood resources and information are accessible and easy to understand.
  • Capture and elevate the wants, needs, and ideas of historically underrepresented families caring for young children in the Granite State.
  • Provide clarity on opportunities and barriers regarding policy and practice implementation in communities.
  • Share what we learn from each other and our communities with stakeholders at all levels of the early childhood system.
  • Commit to attending and participating actively in meetings held each month.

What are the benefits of being on the B-8 Early Childhood Family-Community Advisory Council?

As a member of the B-8 you will:

  • Build relationships with other early childhood leaders and families raising young children in a non-judgmental environment where everyone’s experiences and insight are valued and respected.
  • Learn about the different supports and resources available for New Hampshire families.
  • Have your voice heard and make a difference for all Granite State families caring for young children.
  • Build leadership and professional skills to add to your resume.
  • Receive a stipend for the meetings you participate in because your voice and your time are valued.
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