Issue Nine

 November, 2011

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Early Childhood Advisory Council Updates  

In This Issue
Register Now for the Webinar on the Early Childhood Mental Health Tool for State-level Planning.
NYS Submits Application for Early Learning Challenge Grant
Save the Date -- Planning Next Steps in Home Visiting Systems Building
CCI Unveils Primer on NYC Child Care Trends
MRT Basic Benefit Final Report Now Available

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Greetings! New York State has submitted what we hope will be a winning application for the federal Early Learning Challenge Grant. You could link to New York State's application and the Governor's press release below. Also in this issue is registration information for the webinar on Early Childhood Mental Health, Basic Benefit Report of the Medicaid Redesign Team, and notices about the Home Visiting and CCI Primer eventsHappy reading! As always, please send comments and concerns to 

Register Now for the Webinar on the Early Childhood Mental Health Tool for State-level Planning


The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has designed a new Progress Monitoring and Planning Tool in Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH). To showcase how states are using the tool for monitoring and planning around early childhood mental health, the National Center for Children in Poverty, the BUILD Initiative, and the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center are sponsoring a webinar on November 28th at 2 pm. New York and Colorado will be featured. Mary McHugh, Co-chair of Promoting Healthy Development Work Group, and Evelyn Blanck, Co-chair of Strong Families Work Group, will represent New York State ECAC. Work by ZERO TO THREE on financing of infant-toddler mental health services will also be described.



Click here to register.


Space for this webinar is limited. If multiple people in your office would like to participate, we encourage you to have only one person register and your group can view the webinar together.


To join the webinar, you need a computer with an Internet connection. You can listen to the webinar over the Internet with your computer speakers. Only those without speakers are encouraged to listen over the phone. Be sure to test your network and system compatibility with iLinc and prepare your system for your first online session at


A recording of the webinar and supporting materials will be posted on the ZERO TO THREE website at for those who are unable to attend the live event.


Feel free to pass this email along to others who may be interested. Hope you can join us!


For questions about the webinar, please contact Kavita Kothari 




New York Submits Application for

Federal Early Learning Challenge Grant


On October 19th, New York submitted a proposal to the federal government for $100 million in Early Learning Challenge grant funding as part of the nationwide Race to the Top competition. Click here to read the full application.


The Governor's  office, together with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and Early Childhood Advisory Council, assembled the proposal with close collaboration among state agencies, including the State Education Department, Department of Health, and Office of Mental Health. The process of creating this application built upon the collaborative relationships and infrastructure that have been developed through the ECAC over the past two years.


Many of the ECAC's priorities are highlighted in the proposal, including: 

  • Implementation of QUALITYstarsNY across the state, beginning with high-needs communities
  • Advancements in developmental screening, social-emotional supports for children, and other health promotion strategies
  • Inclusion of family engagement strategies that help parents become more involved in their child's development.
  • Launching of New York Works for Children, the state's professional development program which includes a common statewide competency-based knowledge framework and addresses a range of approaches to develop skills, knowledge and ability in the early childhood workforce
  • Development of a Kindergarten Readiness Tool to inform teachers' instruction and planning
  • Development of an early learning data system

 Click here to read the Governor's press release announcing New York's submission. The ECAC and its member organizations and agencies were instrumental in developing a strong application, which also included over 200 powerful letters of support from a diverse group of stakeholders throughout the state. The ECAC thanks all who participated in the creation of what we all hope will be a winning proposal for our state. Grant awards will be announced by December 31st, 2011.


Save the Date -- Planning Next Steps in Home Visiting Systems Building


On Monday, December 5th, 2011, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy is sponsoring a day-long session, Getting to the Next Steps of a Home Visiting System in New York: Strategies for Financing and Collaboration.


The main presenter will be Deborah Daro, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Research Fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Dr. Daro has over 20 years of experience in evaluating child abuse treatment and prevention programs and child welfare reform efforts, and has directed some of the largest multi-site program evaluations completed in the field.


The meeting will take place at the Legislative Office Building, Room 711A, in Albany, NY. For more information, and to register, contact Carole Tozzi.


CCI Unveils Primer on

NYC Child Care Trends


The Center for Children's Initiative (CCI) announces that it is releasing the CCI Primer 2011 on November 16th. The primer includes an overview of new trends in the field of early care and learning in NY City including details on enrollment, capacity, and funding. ECAC member and Finance Work Group Co-chair Nancy Kolben is the Executive Director of CCI.


The event will be held at the United Way of NYC, 2 Park Avenue, from

9:30 am to 11:30 am.


Need more information?  Contact Betty Holcomb at 212-381-0009 or email her to register. 


Medicaid Redesign Team 

Basic Services Work Group 

Issues Final Report


The New York State Department of Health released the final report of recommendations of the Basic Benefit Review Work Group, one of the ten workgroups of the Medicaid Redesign Team.  Included in that report is a proposal to allow Medicaid reimbursement for lactation counselors and a proposal to use Medicaid to expand the Nurse Family Partnership program statewide.  Click here to view the full report.  Open the pdf under Work Group Recommendations.

Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood Advisory Council. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at:


Regina Canuso

Project Manager 

NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council

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