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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    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.

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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 Prekindergarten through 3rd grade.


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

  • Federal Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness

    The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Education released an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness that provides research and recommendations on ways in which early childhood and housing providers can collaborate to provide safe, stable and nurturing environments for pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

  • U.S. Department of Education Non-regulatory Guidance Early Learning in ESSA

    The U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance to help ensure young children from birth through third-grade get the strong start they need to achieve success in school and in life. This is the Department's first comprehensive look at how the nation's new education law supports our youngest learners. The guidance is available here.

  • New York’s ECAC releases a study of the state of early childhood higher education in New York.

    The Workforce Workgroup of the ECAC engaged the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct an inventory of New York’s early childhood higher education. The report is called Teaching the Teachers of our Youngest Children: The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in New York, 2015.

  • ECAC Releases Guidance Briefs for Prek Administrators and Teachers

    The ECAC released six briefs that provide research-based practical guidance to support effective early childhood practices that help young learners gain the foundational skills necessary to achieve success in school. The newest brief - Family Engagement - is now available! Copies of all six briefs can be downloaded here.

  • New York's Proposed Child Care and Development Fund Plan for FFY 2016-2018

    New York State’s proposed plan to receive assistance under the Social Security Act and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, also known as the Child Care and Development Fund, is available on the OCFS website.