Guiding Principles


The mission of the Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC) is to promote excellence in early care and education with equal access for all families. We do this primarily through the support of and in partnership with a strong network of community-based organizations that provide Child Care Resource and Referral services, which we refer to as CCR&Rs.


Our vision is for all New Yorkers to have affordable child care choices that optimize the education and healthy development of children and promote strong families and communities.

ECLC has been working to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s families since 1975.  It 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.

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