​​​​​​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.  Over the past 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 theWinning Beginning NY coalition in 2005. The Early Care and Learning Council is one of four original organizations that led this work.

Winning Beginning NY is an important presence on the Albany public policy landscape and 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 continues to serve as a dedicated partner that provides valuable expertise to the Coalition and continues to  inform policy makers and the public about the benefits of a high quality, affordable early care and education system to children and families.