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.

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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

  • Upcoming ECAC Public Hearing

    The ECAC will be conducting a public hearing on April 25, 2017 in Westchester.

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  • New York's Early Childhood Advisory Council is codified!

    In 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill formally establishing and setting forth the duties of the ECAC. See a copy of the law here.

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  • Joint Federal Policy Statement to Support the Alignment of Health and Early Learning Systems

    The US Departments of Health and Human Services and Department of Education issued a joint policy statement to help states and communities in their efforts to better coordinate, align, and enhance health and early learning systems (January 2017).

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  • Federal Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness

    The United States DOE and HUD released an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness

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

    This study -- "Teaching the Teachers of our Youngest Children: The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in New York" -- is available here.

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