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) 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.

ECAC Highlights

  • Early Care and Education Services in New York State for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

    Created by the Homeless Work Group within the Coordinated and Responsive Systems Focus Area, this resource can be used in the following ways:

    1. To learn more about programs and services.
    2. To identify the programs and services in your community and fill in the chart.
    3. Share the Early Care and Educational Resources in My Community chart with parents in temporary housing.

  • Pairing Protective Factors and Pyramid Model: Implications for Early Childhood Caregivers and Systems

    The brief identifies the benefits of bridging the connection between the Protective Factors and the Pyramid Model. Implemented together, trainings increase child care providers’ awareness, understanding, and compassion while providing scientifically-based information and strategies that will strengthen providers’ ability to build resilience in children.

  • PDGB5 Funding Opportunity

    Here is the summary of New York State’s application for the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five funding opportunity.


    4.5 Million Kids Live in Hard-to-Count Census Tracts

    Children younger than age 5 are most likely to be missed in the 2020 census. Within this group, kids living in low-income families or in immigrant families, as well as children of color, are most likely to be missed.

    The likelihood of being undercounted varies by location and is determined based on response rates from a previous census. Census tracts with the poorest 2010 mail return rates - anything in the bottom 20% - are labeled "hard-to-count."

    Nationwide, 23% of all children - or 4.5 million kids - live in hard-to-count census tracts, and 40 states have a double-digit percentage of young children living in these areas.

    • Pre-K: Decades Worth of Studies One Strong Message

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

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

      Brief SAMSHA video describes the importance of IECMHC.

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

      This report from Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty includes a review of the prevalence of early childhood trauma and its effects as well as offers promising strategies for child care and preschool programs to help young children who have endured trauma and presents recommendations for policymakers.

    • Child Care Health Consultant Resources

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