Issue Twenty

February, 2013

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Early Childhood Advisory Council Updates  

In This Issue
NYS ECAC Highlighted in Federal Webinar
Financing Strategies Forum
Member Corner
Mapping Early Learning Programs
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How do you like our new look?  The logo above shows the statewide reach of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council and reflects the efforts of many people to support the development of effective systems in the field of early childhood services.  
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 
New York State
Early Childhood Advisory Council
Highlighted in Federal Webinar
On January 23rd, New York Early Childhood Advisory Council was one of three state advisory councils highlighted in a national call organized by the federal Administration for Children and Families. Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, opened the call by talking about the tremendous work that is going on across the country to build early childhood systems led by the State Early Childhood Advisory Councils.  ECAC co-chairs Sherry Cleary and Bob Frawley provided the presentation on work in New York State.  Sherry and Bob discussed the many accomplishments of ECAC's six work groups with a particular focus on efforts to improve the quality of early childhood programs such as the implementation of QUALITYstarsNY and the development and dissemination of the Early Learning Guidelines and the Core Body of Knowledge.  (NYS ECAC Presentation) The webinars are held monthly - click here for a calendar and more information.
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   Financing Strategies Forum   


On December 14, 2012 the New York State ECAC conducted a Financing Strategies Forum. This forum was presented by the ECAC Finance Work Group to discuss the feasibility of various financing strategies that have the potential to support early childhood services within New York State.  The forum included a presentation from Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Inc. (APA) on the work they are doing in New York to develop a Return on Investment component as part of the ECAC Early Childhood Cost Estimation Model.  The day was structured with presentations on three potential financing strategies.   

  • Social Impact Bonds:  An innovative strategy for accessing private and public investment in services tied to proven and rigorous measurement of outcomes that result in net savings of public funding. Presenters:  Robert Dugger co-founder of ReadyNation, Natasha Lifton from Natasha Lifton Consulting, LLC, and Kristen Proud from the New York State Governor's Office. 
  • Braiding and Blending funds:  A method to combine two or more funding sources to support a specific program strategy (e.g., high quality early childhood education) or to support programs in providing comprehensive services.  Presenter: Charlie Bruner from the Child and Family Policy Center. 
  •  Federal Waivers:  A strategy to access federal funding for services that meet specific criteria and address the needs of identified target groups.  Presenters: Kate Breslin from the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and Kris Mesler from New York State Department of Health Bureau of Maternal and Child Health.


To view the presentation, go to the 
 For more information contact Stephanie Woodard at (518)486-4690 or





School Age Child Care Program Standards     

  • The Quality Improvement Work Group of the ECAC recently approved draft standards for programs serving school-age children.  The initial drafting of the standards was overseen by the New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) Quality Assurance committee.   
  • We are seeking feedback on the draft in two ways - first, a small number of programs will be selected to provide practical reviews of the standards and help leaders anticipate potential obstacles for programs serving older children.  Second, electronic feedback will be accepted via the QUALITYstarsNY website.  The draft School-Age Child Care Program Standards will be posted to the QUALITYstarsNY website soon.  Check

QUALITYstarsNY Implementation

  • Ola Friday presented an update on QUALITYstarsNY implementation to the Quality Improvement Work Group at the January 16 meeting.  To view the PowerPoint slides, click here
  • Participants are engaged in the standards self-study process where they are able to indicate the standards they meet and submit documentation. Participants are also completing self-assessments using the Environment Rating Scales and developing Quality Improvement Plans based on the results.

Doris Fromberg



 There is substantial consensus that America under-invests in early childhood development, and that the adverse effects are felt not only by the children themselves, but by the nation as a whole in such forms as increased challenges for public schooling and poorer public health.  ECAC member and long-time advocate for children and the adults who work with them, Doris Fromberg, was included among  six original talks representing a variety of perspectives at a TEDx conference held at Miami University of Ohio.  

To view a video of Dr. Fromberg's presentation: "Kindergarten Today: Is the Match Between High-stakes Outputs and Low-impact Inputs Cost-effective?" go to the TEDx Miami University website here 


(At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event)  

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Tuesday, February 19, 1:00-2:00 pm 

Learn How to Map Early Learning Programs in Your Community

Register for the February 19th Kids' Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (KWIC) webinar and learn how to use the KWIC mapping tool to depict the location of early learning programs and as well as other community programs that serve children and families. Participants will learn how to create maps that combine points of interest with county level data on children's well-being in the areas of health, economic security, family, community, civic engagement and education.

You will also have an opportunity to help us expand our current listing of community assets.  Webinar participants will be invited to recommend other points of interest they would like available to assist in their work.  
We hope you will register, learn, and recommend!
 Click here to join the webinar
 Dial 866-394-2346
 Participant Code: 307-046-5989




April 4, 2013  NYS Head Start Association 

        Turning Stone Resort and Conference Center

           Verona, NY                      

*More information coming soon*

 NYSAEYC lgogApril 4-6, 2013
 Turning Stone Resort and Conference Center
          Verona, NY      
Keynote Speakers Include:
  • Judy Bradbury, Instructor, Author, East Amherst, NY
  • T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus. Harvard Medical School 
  • Joshua D. Sparrow, MD, Director of Strategy, Planning and Program Development, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Rachel Sperry, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Trainer, Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Villanova, PA
  • Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, Teacher, Consultant, Author, Columbus, OH
  • Cindy Middendorf, Teacher, Author, Nichols, NY 
For registration information 
and the preliminary program  click here 
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 April 15-17, 2013
"Many Voices - One Vision"
Marriott Hotel, Albany, NY

Plenary Speakers include:
For more conference information click here
Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood Advisory Council. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at:


Stephanie Woodard

Project Manager 

NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council



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