What is the ECAC?

The New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) was formed in 2009 to provide counsel to the Governor on issues related to young children and their families.

The ECAC is comprised of experts in education, health care, child welfare and mental health. Members represent state agencies, advocacy groups, foundations, higher education, unions and other key organizations concerned with the wellbeing of young children and their families, as appointed by the Governor.

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Our Current Work

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    Strong Families

    Children need stable, nurturing homes to thrive. Learn how the ECAC is working to better identify at-risk families and deliver the network of services and support they need.

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    Healthy Children

    Healthy development begins before birth. Learn how the ECAC is working to coordinate a more comprehensive system to address the physical, oral, cognitive, and social-emotional health of children.

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    High Quality Early Learning

    Children who receive high quality early care and education do better in school and in life. Learn how the ECAC is working to unify standards and expand access to high quality programs.

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    Coordinated and Responsive Systems and Communities

    By coordinating existing resources and data, children will receive greater continuity of care. Learn how the ECAC is working to improve collaboration, cost effectiveness and accountability of services.

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Our Mission

The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) will provide strategic direction and advice to the State of New York on early childhood issues. By monitoring and guiding the implementation of a range of strategies, the ECAC supports New York in building a comprehensive and sustainable early childhood system that will ensure success for all young children.

ECAC Highlights

  • New York’s Maternal Infant Community Health Collaboratives Webinar

    New York’s Maternal Infant Community Health Collaboratives Webinar, Tuesday, August 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Join the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy for a webinar with representatives from the New York State Department of Health to learn about the Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC) program. No need to register and and to

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  • The Blending and Braiding Home Visiting Funding Streams: Practical Applications from the Toolkit webinar recording

    The webinar recording is now available. The Blending and Braiding for Early Childhood Home Visiting in New York toolkit, helps home visiting programs learn new ways to bring funding streams together to support programming. This information is useful for program managers, administrators and fiscal staff.

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