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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    Developmentally Appropriate Practice Briefs

    The NYS Education Department’s Office of Early Learning, NYS Association
    for the Education of Young Children and the NYS Head Start Collaboration Office
    teamed up to highlight key features of high quality early childhood teaching for
    children from Pre-K to 3rd grade.

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    Pyramid Model

    The New York State Pyramid Model Partnership is promoting the statewide
    use of the Pyramid Model, an evidence-based framework proven to be an
    effective approach to building social and emotional competence in early
    care and education programs.

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    Fiscal Model for Early Childhood Services

    The Fiscal Model uses state data tools to support fiscal, policy and long range
    planning for children and families initiatives within New York. Here are materials
    that can help you get started!

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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.


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

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Supporting Child Mental Health is Crucial to Helping All Children Thrive

  • Pre-K: Decades Worth Of Studies, One Strong Message

    Check out this new article from NPR in regard to Pre-K research.

  • "Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education"

    A new publication by the National Center on Children and Poverty discusses promising practices for trauma-informed care in early care and education.

  • "Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - It's Time"

    Brief SAMSHA video describes the importance of IECMHC.

  • NYS Parent Guide Released & Website Launched

    The Council on Children and Families, in collaboration with other state agencies & the NYS Parenting Education Partnership, launched a website that serves as a "how to" guide for expecting and new parents.

  • Child Care Health Consultant Resources

    With support from the Council on Children and Families & the ECAC, Docs for Tots spearheaded the development and implementation of nyscchcresources.org.

  • New York's ECAC is codified

    See a copy of the ECAC law here.

  • Federal Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness

    The U.S. DOE & HUD released an interagency policy statement on young children who are homeless.