Our Mission


The mission of the Early Care & Learning Council – a statewide, not-for-profit, membership organization – 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.


Our Vision


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.


A Voice for Children


The Early Care & Learning Council has been working to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s families since 1975. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, the support of the Early Care & Learning Council includes wide representation from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations, and other individuals!


Guiding Principles:


The Early Care & Learning Council seeks to develop a system of 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


What is a Child Care Resource & Referral Program?


These programs serve as community coordinating and planning agencies for local child care services and offer a variety of supports to child care providers, parents, businesses, and local governments.

The Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)  program increases the supply of quality child care by providing a broad range of support services to providers, and helps families make informed decisions about available child care services.


The New York State CCR&R program:


  • assists families by providing a highly visible, centralized source of information for child care consumers

  • identifies sources of financial aid to help families pay for their child care choices

  • improves the quality of available services by providing a broad range of support services to providers, including training, technical assistance and publicity

  • expands the supply of child care by recruiting and training new providers

  • educates parents about what constitutes quality child care and how to evaluate their child care arrangements on an ongoing basis


Click here to download a listing of our

ECLC's CCR&R Member Agencies


Click here do download our

ECLC's CCR&R Member Agencies Directory


Our Bylaws


Click here to read "Bylaws"


Our Financial Statement


Click here "For our Financial Information"



The Early Care & Learning Council is member of Child Care Aware of America. To contact them call 1-800-424-2246 TTY#: 1-866-278-9428 or click the logo below to visit the website.

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