Public Policy and Advocacy

What We Know

By age three, 85% of the core structures of the brain are formed. Children who start behind stay behind. However, children with a high quality early learning experience have an advantage. They are 40% less likely to need remedial services, 30% more likely to graduate from high school, and 200% more likely to go on to college. That's why the Child Care Council is committed to promoting quality, accessible child care for all of the region's community.

Our Involvement

Because of our committment to quality care, the Child Care Council is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC), Winning Beginning NY (WBNY), and Child Care Aware of America (NACCRRA). These organizations are leaders in state and national early care and education advocacy efforts.

Links to current messages and resources:

Current Advocacy Messages and Agendas

Winning Beginning NY

Winning Beginning NY believes that in this time of fiscal crisis our State must preserve, protect, and increase access to high-quality early care and learning programs. These programs, all of equal priority, are essential for children’s success and our State’s economic recovery.

Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC)

The Early Care and Learning Council The Early Care and Learning Council believes that investments in early childhood have both short and long term economic benefits for our state, its families, and current and future workforce.

Child Care Aware of America (CCA)

Child Care Aware of America Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. They work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care.


Advocacy Events

Visit our Upcoming Events page for a full listing of Council events.

For more information and to get involved contact Kate Smith at 426-7181 ext. 319 or and sign up for our eNews here to receive alerts regarding upcoming advocacy events.

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How to Use the Messages to Affect Change

Advocacy 101 Webinar (from Winning Beginning NY)

Sarah Bilofsky's insightful webinar on how to effectively use the WBNY Advocacy Tools for Elected Officials for legislative visits.

WBNY Advocacy Tools

Winning Beginning NY's comprehensive list of advocacy tools and resources.

NACCRRA's Legislative Action Center

NACCRRA's  comprehensive list of advocacy tools and resources including featured alerts and campaigns.

Action Center

Links to contact information for State and National Policymakers.

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Child Care Public Policy Reports

Early Childhood Education: Frozen Funding Leads to Cracks in the Foundation

A report by Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action NY, and Winning Beginning NY

 The report details how funding for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten grant has been reduced drastically since 2007, despite being proven to increase the likelihood of a child going to college, earning higher income, and avoiding incarceration. The report makes the case for adding funding for pre-kindergarten and other early childhood education programs in the 2012-13 state budget.

See the report

Putting the Pieces Together New York Early Learning Program Data Systems

A report by National Center for Children in Poverty

This report shows that data collected by state and local agencies on young children and the programs serving them have enormous potential value. Families, service providers, policymakers, researchers, advocates and others can use these data to better understand
children’s needs, improve access to services, strengthen services, enhance the efficiency of services, and understand the short- and long-term impacts of services.

See the report

We Can Do Better

A report from NACCRRA

We Can Do BetterMore than 11 million children younger than age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in some type of child care setting. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for these children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies.

We Can Do Better: 2011 Update is the third in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 10 program requirements and five oversight benchmarks for child care centers. NACCRRA’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed.

The average score in 2011 was 87 out of a possible 150 points (compared to 70 in 2007 and 83 in 2009). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, and four states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D. Half of the states (26 states) earned a failing grade. While we should be pleased with the improvement among the states since 2007, an 87 equates to a score of 58 percent, a failing grade in any classroom in America.

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Leaving Children to Chance

A report from NACCRRA

NACCRRA assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation. Leaving Children to Chance

The maximum number of points a state could receive is 140. Seventeen states scored a zero. Of the states that scored points, the average score was 63, which equates to 45 percent - a failing grade in any classroom. Family child care in the United States is characterized by weak state inspection standards, incomplete background checks, weak minimum education requirement for providers, weak training requirements, weak early learning standards and weak basic health and safety standards.

See the report

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For More Information Contact:

Child Care Aware of America

1515 N. Courthouse Rd, 11th fl
Arlington, VA 22201 (map)
Phone: 703-341-4100 (call)
Fax: 703-341-4101

Winning Beginning NY
Visit for a complete listing of WBNY contact information and an on-line contact form.

Early Care and Learning Council

230 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 690-4217
Fax: (518) 690-2887

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Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions by calling 518.426.7181, or emailing Kate Smith.