The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) is a non-profit alliance of America’s leading national, regional, and independent providers of quality early learning and development programs for young children. ECEC was formed in 1999 to be a “front line” provider voice to shape public policy. ECEC represents those who implement the policies created in Congress and in the states and advocates for smart policies and investments for children and families.
Our Members include private independent multi-site providers and non-profit organizations who offer full-day, full-year programs for children birth through age five, as well as before and after school programs for school-age children. Our members’ centers are economically, socially and culturally diverse settings that reflect a commitment to continuous quality improvement and bringing quality to scale. ECEC membership also includes state child care associations and educational services organizations. This dynamic membership speaks with a unified voice to advocate with Congress and state legislatures on behalf of young children and working families. ECEC members operate more than 7,400 centers, employ thousands of early educators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and provide educational services nationally and internationally.
Membership Benefits At-A-Glance
- Daily federal budget and early childhood issue tracking
- Member issues and priorities supported by links to multiple national advocacy groups and with bi-partisan Congressional contacts
- Member access to key Congressional and Administration officials through special events like ECEC Policy Days and Annual Meetings
- ECEC “action” alerts to engage Members and their constituents with policymakers in Washington to influence legislative outcomes and ensure that new policies can be implemented in the “real world”
- Bill tracking in 50 States
- Technical assistance from the national office to amplify state-level advocacy and legislative strategies
- Monthly calls with state child care associations to share best practices
- ECEC staff participation in state-level conferences to increase the visibility of ECEC issues and ECEC members within states
- Maintenance of State Action Centers (e.g. the management of online advocacy software to send targeted alerts for critical policy initiatives)
Tailored Communications Products
- Board Intelligence Reports (e.g. memos informing Board Members of breaking news and events with “insider” information)
- Federal Policy Memos (e.g. legislative analyses that highlight the impacts of proposed legislation on member organizations and private providers)
- News Clips (e.g. daily analysis of federal and state early childhood news in executive summary format with links to full articles )
- ECEC Provider Survey (e.g. a bi-annual survey and publication which addresses four core areas: child capacity and enrollment; tuition and fees; accreditation and quality; and workforce characteristics)
- Board Only Section of ECEC Web-site (e.g. an online archive of relevant news, research, and legislative analysis)
- NEW! Applied Research and Position Papers
Benefits Offered to ECEC Members Through Strategic Partnerships
- Child Care Exchange Through its partnership with Child Care Exchange, ECEC offers opportunities to connect and communicate with more than 100,000 online and magazine subscribers across the nation. Exchange provides support for ECEC’s campaign to promote a mixed delivery system in federal funding initiatives. We collaborate on surveys, polls and magazine and e-news content to connect policy and practice, and to raise awareness about the role of the early childhood provider community in advocacy.
- ReadyNation is leading an effort to increase and mobilize business leaders support for more private and public investment in early childhood programs that strengthen U.S. workforce competitiveness and economic growth. ECEC and Ready Nation have joined together in a strategic partnership to improve the quality of early education and establish a pathway for two generations: the workforce of today and the workforce of tomorrow.
- National Association for Regulatory Administration ECEC and NARA share a policy position that child care subsidies should only be used in licensed settings and jointly advocate for policies that incentivize unlicensed or license-exempt providers to become licensed.
Other Membership Benefits
- Board Governance: All members have a seat on the ECEC Board of Directors to allow them to directly influence federal legislation and impact state issues where they have operations. Membership is limited to ensure each member plays a meaningful role in ECEC governance and stays abreast of current actions through monthly Board phone calls.
- Working Action Groups: On an as-needed basis ECEC members form special working groups to help members stay ahead of issues in the field and engage in continuous process improvement in the delivery of high quality early care and education services.
Interested in becoming a Member of the Consortium?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an introductory conversation and request an application today!