Issue Twelve

March, 2012

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Early Childhood Advisory Council Updates  

In This Issue
QUALITYstarsNY Updates
New York State ECAC Chosen for Technical Assistance on Children's Mental Health
New Report on Child Poverty

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Spring is right around the corner and the ECAC has new and exciting developments popping up.   Whether you have been a subscriber from the beginning, or are receiving this newsletter for the first time, we look forward to having you as our reader. As always, please send comments and concerns to 


QUALITYstarsNY is moving ahead on several fronts - outreach, training and standard revision (including the newly released Family Child Care standards)! Onward and upward toward implementation!


 Early Childhood Advisory Council presents: QUALITYstarsNY  Readiness Workshops


Three workshops designed to help early learning and development programs prepare for participation in QUALITYstarsNY are being conducted throughout the state by the Early Care and Learning Council with funding from the Early Childhood Advisory Council.


The three workshops are: Introduction to QUALITYstarsNY; Self-Assessment: Preparing for Program Improvement; and First Steps for Quality Improvement. The workshops are being offered at no cost to  early learning and development program providers and administrators.


Click here to obtain the schedule and locations and learn more about the QUALITYstarsNY Readiness Workshops being offered now and throughout the spring.


 Revised Family Child Care Standards Are Here 


The Early Childhood Advisory Council has recently released revised program standards for family child care providers. Click here

to view standards for both family child care and center-based settings.  


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QUALITYstarsNY with Our New Brochure


A brochure describing QUALITYstarsNY, which was developed for a wide range of audiences, is complete!  Click here to view the pdf - it is also available on the QUALITYstarsNY website.  If you would like to request copies of the brochure, please contact the ECAC at to put in your order.


QUALITYstarsNY Implementation Brief

Now Available


In addition to the brochure, a QUALITYstarsNY Implementation brief is now available.  Click here to view the brief to learn more about plans for implementation. 


New York State ECAC Chosen

for Technical Assistance on

Children's Mental Health


The New York State ECAC has been chosen as one of seven states to participate in technical assistance around building state systems on children's mental health provided by the National Center on Children in Poverty and ZEROTOTHREE National Policy Center. ECAC Promoting Healthy Development Co-chair Mary McHugh is leading the team effort.  Technical assistance will focus on ways to expand early childhood  mental health supports in early learning and development programs.

New Report on Child Poverty  


The role of poverty in diminishing children's chances for success is explored in  A Look at Child Poverty in New York State, a new publication of the NYS Council on Children and Families and The NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The report describes the negative effects of poverty on child development, lists supports to reduce child poverty in the state, depicts factors, such as unemployment, that influence the poverty rate, and discusses the need for a new poverty measure that provides a more accurate portrayal of economic deprivation.


  •  ECAC member and National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) Acting Director Lee Kreader announces that the NCCP, along with the New York State Paid Leave Coalition and A Better Balance, will convene a public forum about paid family leave on April 25th in New York City.  Click here for more information about this event.
  • Save the date(s)! May 9th is the official National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day sponsored by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Events are being planned for that week (May 7-9th) in Albany and around the state - stay tuned! For more information about the national effort click here.
  • The Council on Children and Families website domain has changed from to  Please update your information.  
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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