The Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC) is a statewide, not-for-profit membership organization that represents the 34 Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) programs across New York State.  The CCR&R's are on the front lines, providing direct assistance and support to parents, child care providers, and employers in their communities.

ECLC works closely with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)  to support and strengthen the capacity of CCR&R agencies by providing them with comprehensive services and supports.  Since 1975, ECLC has taken a leadership role in improving the quality of early care and education in New York State.


About Us


We promote equitable access to excellent early care and learning for New York children and families as we advance a strong, statewide network of community-based Child Care Resource & Referral agencies.


ECLC seeks to develop a system of high-quality early childhood care and education that:

  • is available to every child regardless of income level, cultural background or family composition;

  • adequately prepares and compensates teachers and providers;

  • involves all segments of the community in addressing child care needs;

  • shares and exchanges information among members, supports their efforts and promotes common goals and interest.