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ECAC establishes a Task Force of the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Opportunity
New Resources to Support Financing Early Childhood Services
Community Initiatives to Improve Outcomes for Young Children
Members Corner
New York 2014-2015 Budget
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May 2014

ECAC establishes a Task Force of the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Opportunity   


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The Early Childhood Advisory Council has established a task force to determine how New 

York State can maximize a new federal funding opportunity to improve access to high-quality infant and toddler services.


$500 million will be available through competitive funding opportunities in all states, territories, tribes and migrant and seasonal communities for new Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships.  The grants will be administered by the ACF Regional Office to new or existing Early Head Start grantees. Continue reading.

New Resources to Support Financing Early Childhood Services

The New York State's Early Childhood Advisory Council's (ECAC) Finance Work Group has developed two guides to support organizations efforts to blend and braid funding as a way to strengthen and expand their services. .  The ECAC developed the guides in partnership with the Spark Policy Institute of Colorado.  Click here to access the two guides. 

Community Initiatives to Improve Outcomes for Young Children

Several communities across the state have established or are participating in initiatives to improve outcomes for young children, especially for the state's highest-need populations. To learn more about the important work that is being done in these communities, the ECAC invited representatives from four organizations leading initiatives in multiple communities across New York State.  For more information continue reading.

Members Corner 

Congratulations to Janice Molnar and Maggie Evans both members of the NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), who received the Champions for Children awards at the 2014 NYSAEYC annual conference dinner.  This honor is given to those who promote excellence in early care and education services for NYS children and families through education, advocacy and the support of the profession. 

New York 2014-2015 Budget:  An overview of funding to support children and families

The State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2014-2015 Enacted Budget children and families will receive funding to support:     

  • Child Care ($41 million) to create more than 4,500 new child care slots and $7.2 million to support facilitated enrollment for child care;
  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten ($340 million) for the expansion of full-day and five-year UPK plan to phase in teacher certification requirements;
  • Early Intervention Services ($163 million) to support Early Intervention programs;
  • Healthy Families New York Home Visiting ($23.3 million);
  • Nurse Family Partnership ($3 million); and
  • Pay for Success/Social Impact bonds ($53 million) to fund outcomes-driven human services program initiative in the areas of early childhood development and child welfare, health care, public safety and homelessness.

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Stephanie Woodard

Project Manager 

NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council