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.
“Economically speaking, early childhood programs are a good investment, with inflation-adjusted annual rates of return on the funds dedicated to these programs estimated to reach 10% or higher. Very few alternative investments can promise that kind of return.” - Ben Bernanke, Chairman, Federal Reserve
Investment in early childhood education isn’t just good for children – it’s also good for New York’s economy. Every dollar invested in high quality early education returns up to $14 in savings, by reducing remedial and special education; juvenile justice services and welfare support.
The New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is working to create a comprehensive early childhood system in New York that provides every child with the support and services necessary to succeed in school and in life. In turn, this success will ensure stronger families, a more competitive workforce and a brighter future for New York’s economy.
The vision of the ECAC is to ensure all young children are healthy, learning, and thriving in families that are supported by a full complement of services and resources essential for successful development.
Brain research shows 75% of brain growth and 85% of intellect, as well as personality and social skills develop before age five?
A child’s brain develops 700 synapses –neural connections that transmit information – every second?
At age four, a child’s ability to pay attention and complete a task strongly predicts the likelihood of graduating from college by age 25?
New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144