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. 

Mission: The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) provides 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 every young child. 

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. 

  • Diversity: New York's plan will encompass all children and families, recognizing diversity of cultures, languages, abilities, and family structures.
  • Comprehensive Health: Healthy development begins before birth and includes physical, oral, cognitive, and social-emotional health.
  • Family Empowerment: 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.
  • Family Support: Families are best supported by strong public policy and services, promoting economic stability, self-sufficiency, and strong and resilient relationships.
  • Responsive Services: Children and families do best when state and local programs are coordinated and able to respond to their specific needs.