About

 

Who We Are

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, as appointed by the Governor. This ensures that a diversity of perspectives and experiences inform our work.

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, as appointed by the Governor. This ensures that a diversity of perspectives and experiences inform our work.

New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council Members

 

Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles

Vision: The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) believes every child in New York State should be healthy, learning and thriving in a family that is supported by a full complement of services and resources essential for successful development. Read more…

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. Read more…

Guiding Principles: To develop a comprehensive early childhood system to support New York families, ECAC members are guided by four key principles: diversity, whole health, parental involvement and public good. Read More...

  • Diversity: New York's plan will encompass all children and families, recognizing diversity of cultures, languages, abilities, and family structures.
  • Whole Health: Healthy development begins before birth and includes physical, oral, cognitive, and social-emotional health.
  • Parental Involvement: Parents and families play the most influential role in a child's life. The term 'parent' includes all people with primary responsibility for nurturing children.
  • Public good: Families are best supported by strong public policy and services, promoting economic stability, self-sufficiency, and strong and resilient relationships.

 

History

ECAC History

The New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council was created through federal action. In 2007, the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act required every Governor in the United States to create a State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided funding for the councils.

The goal of the councils is to strengthen statewide coordination and collaboration among the wide range of early childhood programs and services, including child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, IDEA preschool, infant and family programs, and prekindergarten. To meet this federal requirement, New York State chose to create the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC).

ECAC Focus

In New York, the ECAC has expanded the scope of its work beyond the federal requirement to include human services, social-emotional development, and health care support and services, beginning with pregnancy. By tapping federal funds for planning, data collection and other system-building efforts, we are focusing on structural issues that impede development of comprehensive system of early childhood support and services.

 

Strategic Plan

The work of the Early Childhood Advisory Council is guided by a strategic plan that was developed shortly after the ECAC was established in May 2009. The plan is organized into four key priorities:

 

Meeting Summaries

To learn more about the work we do, we invite you to review summaries from ECAC meetings.

3/19/15 Summary

12/11/14 Summary

9/16/14 Summary

6/12/14 Summary

4/3/14 Summary 

1/30/14 Summary 

9/26/13 Summary

3/17/13 Summary

6/27/13 Summary 

12/13/12 Summary

9/20/12 Summary

6/4/12 Summary

3/14/12 Summary

12/6/11 Summary

9/19/11 Summary

6/16/11 Summary

3/31/11 Summary

12/6/10 Summary

 

Public Hearings

February 2017 - Menands, NY

February Attendees

United Federation of Teachers Testimony

Early Care and Learning Council Testimony

Empire Justice Center Testimony

 

Contact Us

Write:

New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Phone:

(518) 473-3652

Email:

ecac@ccf.ny.gov