Early Care & Learning Council

Early Care & Learning Council High quality early care and learning programs are critical to the healthy development of children and to the economic health of communities.
A Voice For Children The Early Care & Learning Council has been working to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s families since 1975. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, the membership of the Early Care & Learning Council includes wide representation from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations, and other individuals! The Early Care & Learning Council seeks to develop a system of quality early childhood care and education that: * is available to every child regardless of income level, cultural background or family composition; * adequately prepares and compensates teachers and providers; * involves all segments of the community in addressing child care needs; * shares and exchanges information among members, supports their efforts and promotes common goals and interest
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05/06/2020
Supporting Mental Health at Home | Mental Health Education in New York State Schools

Developing healthy coping strategies is not an innate ability and as children continue to grow, there are some ways parents and caregivers can assist in helping them obtain good mental health habits. http://ow.ly/83jf50zpEVV

Supporting Mental Health at Home Developing healthy coping strategies is not an innate ability and as children continue to grow, there are some ways parents and caregivers can assist in helping them obtain good mental health habits. Talk openly about mental health There is still a stigma surrounding...

Comparing the National Outcome Measure of Healthy and Ready to Learn with Other Well-Being and School Readiness Measures...
05/05/2020
Comparing the National Outcome Measure of Healthy and Ready to Learn with Other Well-Being and School Readiness Measures - Child Trends

Comparing the National Outcome Measure of Healthy and Ready to Learn with Other Well-Being and School Readiness Measures http://ow.ly/cS2x50zpETP

Measuring kindergarten readiness is essential to identifying children who would benefit from additional supports, either in kindergarten or in the years before kindergarten entry. Several measures of kindergarten readiness are in use now by states and researchers. Most assess individual children at....

Baby Bear’s Honey Bites are an easy snack you can make with children! The ingredients are healthy and filling as well. #...
05/04/2020

Baby Bear’s Honey Bites are an easy snack you can make with children! The ingredients are healthy and filling as well. #CACFP #ChildNutrition http://ow.ly/AUpv50zpEy4

An accurate Census count requires that every baby and child be counted. The last decennial census missed young Latino an...
05/03/2020
Let’s Count All Young Latino Children! – Count All Kids

An accurate Census count requires that every baby and child be counted. The last decennial census missed young Latino and African American children at a higher rate than other age groups. PRB recently released research that analyzed eight factors that are correlated with the risk of undercounting young children. According to their research, a higher percentage of Latino children under 9 experience these factors compared to all children for 7 out of 8 of the factors. http://ow.ly/eApY50zpEwL

Let’s Count All Young Latino Children! | April 2020 Share: Today Hagase Contar, a project of NALEO Educational Fund, is celebrating the count of young Latino Children. Today we are joining NALEO in encouraging Latino communities to complete the census form and include their young children because ...

With schools closed and teachers unable to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect, child welfare agencies have lost...
05/02/2020
With No School, Calls Drop But Child Abuse Hasn’t Amid Virus

With schools closed and teachers unable to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect, child welfare agencies have lost some of their connection during a stressful time for families who have lost jobs and are locked down during the coronavirus pandemic http://ow.ly/s0SH50zpxzL

With schools closed and teachers unable to report suspected cases of abuse, child welfare agencies have lost some of their best eyes and ears as the coronavirus pandemic strains families

Celebrate National Baby Day with @ZEROTOTHREE and Count All Kids TODAY at 4:01 ET. http://ow.ly/inwD50zt6pd
05/02/2020

Celebrate National Baby Day with @ZEROTOTHREE and Count All Kids TODAY at 4:01 ET.
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When you count your baby in the #2020Census, programs that support families—like health care, child care, WIC, and home ...
05/02/2020

When you count your baby in the #2020Census, programs that support families—like health care, child care, WIC, and home visiting—get more of the funding they need. Respond now at my2020Census.gov. #CountAllKids #NationalBabyDay

Everyone counts on the #2020Census. Make sure you count everyone living in your home, including your little bundle of jo...
05/01/2020

Everyone counts on the #2020Census. Make sure you count everyone living in your home, including your little bundle of joy! Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV today. #CountAllKids

State and local governments are working to help medical workers and emergency responders fighting against the coronaviru...
05/01/2020
Health care workers' child care crisis

State and local governments are working to help medical workers and emergency responders fighting against the coronavirus outbreak who no longer have child care and day care centers for their children, AP reports. By the numbers: 4.6 million health care workers are parents of children under the age of 14, according to the Center for American Progress. http://ow.ly/qzsh50zpxga

State and local governments work to provide child care options for medical workers.

05/01/2020
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Do you have babies or young children in the house? You can use this Census activity sheet to help them count everyone living at their address while you fill out the #2020Census form! #CountAllKids http://ow.ly/dZ4K50zt5v2

Raising NY worked with Global Strategies Group to conduct a statewide poll of parents of infants and toddlers. Listening...
04/30/2020

Raising NY worked with Global Strategies Group to conduct a statewide poll of parents of infants and toddlers. Listening to parents is key to supporting families during the coronavirus crisis. Learn more about what they had to say in the recent poll at RaisingNY.org/Coronavirus

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced it will release additional Child Care and Development Block...
04/30/2020
States to Begin Receiving Additional CCDBG Funds for COVID-19 Relief

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced it will release additional Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds to states. The $3.5 billion was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill that passed with near unanimous, bipartisan support in the House and Senate and was signed into law on March 27, 2020. http://ow.ly/Xt8a50zpx6k

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced it will release additional Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds to states. The $3.5 billion was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill that passed....

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization and perpetration, & life...
04/30/2020
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence, victimization and perpetration, & lifelong health and opportunity. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, & a world in which every child can thrive. http://ow.ly/ztIG50zsYIw

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.

Today is ACE’s Awareness Day and National Trauma-Survivor’s Day. The NYS Trauma-Informed Coalition invites trauma surviv...
04/30/2020
Virtual trauma rally

Today is ACE’s Awareness Day and National Trauma-Survivor’s Day. The NYS Trauma-Informed Coalition invites trauma survivors, community leaders and activists, service providers, policy makers, and all impacted by ACE’s to join forces and create a plan of action for a trauma-informed response. Click the link below to join their virtual trauma rally from 11-1 today! http://ow.ly/5oxD50zsYvp

For far too long, trauma has been one of the most impactful, yet under addressed, issues in this country. As we manage the loss created by this pandemic, it is critical that we turn this crisis into an opportunity for increased awareness on the impact of trauma. On ACE’s Awareness Day and National...

04/29/2020
New York: COVID-19 Waivers & Flexibilities | USDA-FNS

Programs that utilize the Child and Adult Food Program can apply for waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These waivers were approved to allow for program flexibilities and contingencies in order to best serve children and families during this time. Check out the CACFP waivers for New York State here: http://ow.ly/G9ZU50zpwYs

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During this time many families have been displaced. People have moved in with family members to temporarily take care of...
04/28/2020
How do we count people who moved due to COVID 19 or job loss? – Count All Kids

During this time many families have been displaced. People have moved in with family members to temporarily take care of them or be cared for during the epidemic. Count All Kids wants to help advocates give clarity on where individuals should be counted. http://ow.ly/RiqL50zpwW6

How do we count people who moved due to COVID 19 or job loss? | April 2020 Share: Many people who have lost their jobs have given up their leases and moved in with family. College students who lived on campus or near their schools have been sent home. People have moved in with other family temporari...

04/27/2020
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During this difficult time, we are all facing challenges that seem daunting and that we may feel unprepared for. This Resource Guide is intended to help navigate life with children through the pandemic and the days that follow. The Five Protective Factors serve to mitigate the negative impacts of trauma. http://ow.ly/GV9U50znOd7

04/26/2020
TAKE ACTION • ZERO TO THREE

With the first stimulus packages, Congress took big steps to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. But our nation’s 12 million infants and toddlers still need their urgent attention. As Congress considers the fourth package of the federal COVID-19 response, now is the time to make sure they understand the critical needs of babies. Congress needs to hear from you about how these policy solutions and others will help babies, parents, and practitioners during and after the COVID-19 crisis. http://ow.ly/lk0350znN83

With the first stimulus packages, Congress took big steps to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. But they are not enough to sustain babies and families through this pandemic and beyond. Complete the form below to ask Congress to Think Babies and Act as they craft the next legislative package and pri...

ECLC and the CCR&R network are partnering with the Cuomo Administration and OCFS to provide $30 Million in Child Care Sc...
04/23/2020
CARES Funding

ECLC and the CCR&R network are partnering with the Cuomo Administration and OCFS to provide $30 Million in Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers and Supplies for Child Care Providers. To find additional information or apply for assistance, see our press release: https://bit.ly/2Y02B2D

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2020 Contact: Jessica Klos Shapiro, Director of Policy and Community Education (518) 222-3702 [email protected] Child Care Resource and Referral Ag...

Play promotes healthy development, even when you're stuck at home. This resource is an activity guide for families with ...
04/23/2020
At-Home Activity Guide

Play promotes healthy development, even when you're stuck at home. This resource is an activity guide for families with children at home. http://ow.ly/lfur50zh6mr

Play promotes healthy development, even when you're stuck at home.

ECLC staff wore blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month during our virtual meeting today #goblue4nykids Prevent Child Abus...
04/22/2020

ECLC staff wore blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month during our virtual meeting today #goblue4nykids Prevent Child Abuse New York

Parents are the most important resource for children every day, but especially in stressful situations. Parents and care...
04/22/2020

Parents are the most important resource for children every day, but especially in stressful situations. Parents and caregivers may wonder what’s the best way to emotionally support a child during the COVID-19 outbreak. While every child and family is different, here are some ideas that may be helpful. http://ow.ly/GCxX50zh6e7

Video chatting with apps is a great way for young children to stay in touch with long-distance family and friends. Use t...
04/21/2020
Five Tips to Make the Most of Video Chats

Video chatting with apps is a great way for young children to stay in touch with long-distance family and friends. Use these five tips to help children build relationships, communicate and learn from loved ones on the screen. http://ow.ly/KgFa50zh62g

Video chatting with apps such as FaceTime and Skype is a great way for young children to stay in touch with long-distance family and friends. Use these five tips to help children build relationships, communicate and learn from loved ones on the screen.

Waivers have been issued to ease CACFP program operations and protect the health of participants. The link below lists t...
04/20/2020
FNS Response to COVID-19 | USDA-FNS

Waivers have been issued to ease CACFP program operations and protect the health of participants. The link below lists these waivers, which states they are applied to, and what they cover. #CACFP https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19

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There is still time to fill out the 2020 Census! Filling out the census can determine funding and resources for communit...
04/19/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

There is still time to fill out the 2020 Census! Filling out the census can determine funding and resources for communities. It is important to make sure we #CountAllKids this year! https://2020census.gov/

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

States can do more to help students access nutritious school meals during pandemic-related school closures. Nearly 22 mi...
04/18/2020
States can do more to help students access nutritious school meals during pandemic-related school closures - Child Trends

States can do more to help students access nutritious school meals during pandemic-related school closures. Nearly 22 million students nationwide rely on free and reduced-price meals at school, but school closures from COVID-19 have put school meal programs at risk of failing to meet the needs of eligible children. http://ow.ly/Wnfr50zbfTe

Note: Waivers from the USDA are rapidly changing and expanding. Please visit their website for the latest on national and state-level waivers.

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, s...
04/17/2020
GoNoodle - Good Energy at Home

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning! http://ow.ly/fYjq50zbfR4

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning!

Infants and toddlers learn and develop through repeated interactions and ever-evolving relationships with trusted adults...
04/16/2020
Child Development

Infants and toddlers learn and develop through repeated interactions and ever-evolving relationships with trusted adults. Healthy attachments can develop when the care is consistent, predictable, and responsive. http://ow.ly/pNCE50zbfPh

Resources for parents and child care providers.

Congress passed an economic stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – CARES Act – to provi...
04/15/2020
FAQ for Child Care Providers: How to Apply for Small Business Administration Loans Available Now

Congress passed an economic stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – CARES Act – to provide relief to America’s families, small businesses, and major industries as they struggle with the effects of the Coronavirus crisis. http://ow.ly/2kZR50zbfCN

The following is information provided by First Five Years Fund and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for child care small businesses interested in applying for a loan through Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). For the best information specific to you and your business, contact your bank or fin...

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated social and economic stressors can undermine children’s development and well-bei...
04/14/2020
Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Child Trends

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated social and economic stressors can undermine children’s development and well-being. This article describes ways to promote children’s resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic http://ow.ly/cfjT50zbfBp

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated social and economic stressors can undermine children’s development and well-being. Not only must they cope with major changes to everyday life, such as physical distancing and home confinement, but their families may struggle to meet their basic physical an...

In addition to the proven benefits to a child’s learning and healthy development, quality child care is an essential pil...
04/13/2020
Here’s an Overview of the Relief for Child Care Providers Included in the CARES Act

In addition to the proven benefits to a child’s learning and healthy development, quality child care is an essential pillar of America’s labor market and economy, allowing millions of parents to go to work or attend school each day. The nationwide Coronavirus crisis has hit the child care industry especially hard, causing widespread layoffs as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment and mandatory closures. http://ow.ly/XBSy50zbfAr

The largest Congressional relief package thus far is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act -- a $2.2 trillion bill that passed with near unanimous, bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

From medical professionals to grocery store employees — these are the people keeping our society afloat in the face of c...
04/12/2020
For essential workers, nothing is more essential than child care

From medical professionals to grocery store employees — these are the people keeping our society afloat in the face of collapse. Although most of us can’t fight beside them, we’ve come together to do what we can to assist. But there’s one “essential” thing these workers need that we can’t just pack into a box and ship through the mail — child care. http://ow.ly/cB8l50zbfly

For the last three weeks, our country has grappled with the question, 'In a crisis, what can't we live without?'

Research confirms a manager’s style under stress has a disproportionate effect on their personal influence and their peo...
04/10/2020
A Leader’s Guide to Effective Dialogue Under Pressure | Blog.SHRM.org

Research confirms a manager’s style under stress has a disproportionate effect on their personal influence and their people. Take a look at this article that discusses how to have effective dialogue when under pressure. http://ow.ly/6jc750yZVcJ

by David MaxfieldOn February 20, 2020 0 comments 2  661 views How can managers become measurably more effective? To answer this question, I studied crucial moments. I wondered in moments when the stakes are high, and the pressure is on, do managers remain calm, candid, direct, and willing to listen...

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