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 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!
The Early Care & Learning Council seeks to develop a system of quality early childhood care and
- 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
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