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

  • Prekindergarten Expansion for 3-year olds in New York State

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has outlined his proposal to expand pre-K to 3-year olds in the State’s highest-need communities. The Governor is committing $25 million to fund this pilot program that will support a projected 5,000 seats for 3-year olds across the State. Sherry Cleary, Executive Director of the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute and co-chair of the NYS ECAC had an opportunity to present at the Governor’s Cabinet Meeting the benefits of investing in early education. To view her presentation click on

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  • New York State Receives New Federal Funding for Early Childhood Education

    We are happy to announce that, today, we received word that New York State was awarded a $25 million Preschool Expansion Grant and $22.3 million New York State applicants received funding to develop new Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships.

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  • President Announces New Child Care Proposal

    President Obama has built on his commitment to help families afford child care by releasing a significant proposal designed to improve access to high quality child care. The proposal will provide support to 1 million more children by 2025, so that a total of 2.6 million children can be served each month.

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  • Guidance Briefs for Administrators and Teachers

    We are pleased to present five briefs that provide research-based practical guidance to support effective early childhood practices that help young learners gain the foundational skills necessary to reach the Common Core Learning Standards. The five guidance briefs are aim to support administrators and teachers in making decisions that will lead to higher quality early childhood classrooms with positive outcomes for children. These briefs include material from interviews with school principals and teachers and have been vetted by the field. Copies of the briefs are available for download on the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council website.

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