ECLC coordinates statewide and federal advocacy efforts

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies have the capacity to bring child care information and support to the work place and to assist directly with employers.  

Parents can utilize our comprehensive services so they quickly obtain reliable child care that meets their needs and the requirements of their employers. We know where regulated child care exists and where additional capacity has to be developed to support emerging or growing businesses or respond to changes in employer needs. Child care is an infrastructure support for children, for families and for communities.  ​ ​

​​​​​​Working Toward a Better System of Quality Care

From the beginning, the work of the Early Care & Learning Council has been focused on public policy and education.  For over 40 years, the Council has worked to secure millions of dollars in funding for quality, affordable child care services in New York State.  In the mid-1990s, the Council launched the Child Care that Works campaign. The campaign later merged with efforts surrounding Pre-K to formally convene as the Winning Beginning NY coalition in 2005. The coalition includes a broad representation of individuals and organizations from child care, education, the medical and academic communities, unions and many others. The Early Care & Learning Council currently serves on the steering committee that governs and leads the coalition.  

In 2017, the Empire State Campaign for Child Care (ESCCC) was founded in the wake of threats to cut up to $27M from the New York State child care subsidy program. ESCCC is a powerful grassroots movement with the capacity to educate and motivate our elected leaders to increase New York’s investment in child care so that all New York families can access safe, supportive, quality child care so that parents can work and children thrive.

 The Early Care & Learning Council, Winning Beginning NY and the Empire State Campaign for Child Care all have an important presence on the Albany public policy landscape. The Early Care & Learning Council continues to serve as a dedicated partner to both groups continues to inform policy makers, business leaders and the public about the benefits of a high quality, affordable early care and education system to children and families.