Federal Policy, State Action and Real Impact
The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) is a non-profit alliance of America’s leading national, regional, and independent providers of licensed high-quality child care and early learning programs. ECEC is a trade association that helps shape Federal and State public policy by exclusively representing the collective voice of providers on Capitol Hill, in States and with National Early Childhood Advocacy Groups.
ECEC Members include Multi-Site Providers (private non-profit and tax-paying) who offer full-day, full-year programs for children birth through age five and programs for school-age children. Membership also includes State Child Care Associations and Educational Services Organizations. ECEC speaks with a unified voice to advocate with Federal and State legislatures and regulators on behalf of more than one million young children of working families and has a stated commitment to continuous quality improvement and bringing quality to scale. ECEC Members operate over 9,000 centers that are economically, socially and culturally diverse settings and employ tens of thousands of early educators in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia.
Policy Priorities and Advocacy Efforts
The Consortium is engaged in advocacy and policy development at State and Federal levels. ECEC advocates for actionable legislation and investment to promote accessibility, affordability, and quality of early care and education programs. ECEC Members bring the realities of classroom and program operations to policy makers who establish frameworks for service providers.
Policy Development and Implementation
Unlike most other voices in Washington D.C. and in State Capitols, ECEC represents on-the-ground providers who must implement policy changes and new programs. ECEC’s efforts promote policies and regulations that are actionable, and make operational sense in supporting accessibility, quality and affordability.
- Pathway to Child Care Excellence through Subsidy and Regulated Care: ECEC and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) share a policy position that subsidy should only be used in licensed settings, and policies must incentivize unregulated or license-exempt providers to become licensed.
- Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: ECEC advocates to ensure adequate resources are appropriated to improve the quality of the early childhood workforce. ECEC’s policy focus is also targeted on an often overlooked gap – the qualifications, ongoing professional development, and support of program leadership.
- Toolkits for Successful Collaborative Initiatives: ECEC is updating a set of toolkits for states, community-based providers and school districts to successfully implement mixed delivery early learning initiatives.