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

  • Hearings for NY's Child Care and Development Fund Plan for FFY 2016-2018

    The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is pleased to announce that New York State’s proposed plan to receive assistance under the Social Security Act and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, also known as the Child Care and Development Fund, is now available on the OCFS website. Read more about the plan and upcoming public hearings

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  • Webinars about the federal Child Care newly proposed Regulations – January 2016

    The federal Office of Child Care (OCC) is holding a series of topical webinars related to the recently issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The webinars will discuss proposed regulations related to subsidy and equal access, health and safety, and quality and consumer education provisions in greater depth than the December 18 NPRM overview webinar. Click on Read More for webinar dates and topics.

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  • December 10, 2015 was a big day in education!

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama and represents good news for our youngest learners. Also, Governor Cuomo announced the final report and recommendations of the Common Core Task Force.

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  • No Permanent Extension of Business Tax Credits Without Permanent Extension of EITC/CTC Credits to Working Families

    ECAC Member Kate Breslin and President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy states the following: “While poverty is difficult for anyone, the impact on children can be permanently damaging, ...Together, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) act as a force multiplier to help children and working families escape poverty, build assets, and improve their long-term health and academic achievements.”

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  • Developmental Screening Critical for Early Childhood Education

    Dr. Dina Lieser, member of the ECAC and co-chair of the Healthy Families ECAC Work Group contributes to the Public New Service article: Developmental Screening Critical for Early Childhood Education

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  • ECAC Releases Guidance Briefs for Prek Administrators and Teachers

    The ECAC released five briefs that provide research-based practical guidance to support effective early childhood practices that help young learners gain the foundational skills necessary to achieve success in school. The five guidance briefs aim to support administrators and teachers and lead to higher quality early childhood classrooms with positive outcomes for children. Copies of the briefs can be downloaded from the New York State ECAC website.

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