The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) is a non-profit alliance of the leading multi-state/multi-site child care providers, key state child care associations, and premier educational service providers, representing over 6,500 programs in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and select international locations. Our members serve as the unified collective voice for providers of high-quality programs and services that support families and children from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. We are advocates for strong federal and state policies that bring quality to scale.

Acelero Learning

Acelero Learning is a pioneering provider of early childhood education and family engagement services, all of which are focused on closing the achievement gap before children enrolled in its programs enter kindergarten.  The company has been widely recognized as a national exemplar, and external researchers have found that students tested after two years in Acelero Learning programs achieve child outcome gains more than double those of the average Head Start program.  Founded in 2001, Acelero Learning currently serves more than 5,000 children and families in our Head Start centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Wisconsin. Through its Shine Early Learning division, the company also helps disseminate its innovative practices to more than 30,000 children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs around the country through intensive, ongoing training and technical assistance partnerships and supports states in serving child care programs striving to grow in their states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.

Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons is a leading global provider of high-quality child care and early education. We serve families around the world with unique early education experiences built on 30 years of expertise. Our promise to families is to provide environments and experiences that capture the joys of childhood, nurture each child’s individual growth and development, and pave the way for success in school and life. We deliver with research-informed curriculum, carefully crafted centers designed by experienced educators, and a team of committed early education professionals that together inspire children to explore, think, and wonder on their own. We are also profoundly committed to raising the bar in the early education field, providing our teachers with award-winning training, ongoing support, and a groundbreaking program that helps them earn their college degrees for free.

Cadence Education
Cadence Education is one of the premier early childhood educators in the United States, operating over 230 private preschools and elementary schools as members of the Cadence Education Family of Schools across the country. With over 20 years in business, Cadence has developed an unparalleled expertise in preparing students to thrive in the next step of their childhood. Cadence Education provides parents with peace of mind by giving children an exceptional education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as home.

Childcare Network and Sunrise Preschools
Child Development Schools, Inc., operating as Childcare Network and Sunrise Preschools, is the 4th-largest, for-profit child care organization in North America. With over 270 schools in 11 states, we are the leading early care and education provider in the southern United States. Our Child Development Schools family consists of over 5000 teachers and 35,000 children and their families. We have a responsibility to further the education and wellness of every child we teach, and we take that very seriously. At Child Development Schools, we engage our teachers, parents, local partners, and other advocates in our communities to provide high quality, developmentally-appropriate, affordable early care and education. We are there to support our families as they maneuver through the joys and challenges of raising strong, caring, and bright young children in this busy world. CDS is committed to giving every child a great start in life!

Crème de la Crème
Crème de la Crème is a national premium childcare company with 46 centers in 14 states with a capacity of serving 18,000 children. Founded in 1996, Crème is differentiated by its early education model of transitioning children to a variety of themed classrooms throughout its 21,000 sf signature building. Since its inception, Crème has been focused on providing the best early education experience to our families. Beyond Crème’s buildings and amenities, it is truly Crème’s culture that sets it apart.

The Goddard School
In 1988, entrepreneur Anthony A. Martino established The Goddard School preschool franchise to deliver a high-quality, play-based learning program to families all over the United States. Since then, The Goddard School has grown into an institution that parents and families trust, reaching more than 70,000 students from six weeks to six years old in more than 525 Goddard Schools in 38 states. As more Schools open in neighborhoods across the country, they use the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.

KinderCare Education
KinderCare Education is America’s largest private provider of early childhood education and child care. KinderCare has more than 36,000 teachers and staff serving hardworking families in 40 states and the District of Columbia caring for more than 186,000 children every day:

  • In neighborhoods, with KinderCare® Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and child care for children six weeks to 12 years old;
  • At work, through KinderCare Education at Work™, providing customized family benefits for more than 400 employers around the country, including on-site and near-site early learning centers and back-up care for last-minute child care, and
  • In local schools, with Champions® before and after-school programs.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, KinderCare operates more than 1,500 early learning centers, and more than 600 Champions sites. In 2020, KinderCare earned its fourth Gallup Great Workplace Award – one of only 19 organizations worldwide to do so.

Learning Care Group
Learning Care Group is the second-largest for-profit child care provider in North America and a leader in early childhood education. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., the company has more than 50 years of experience in inspiring children to love learning. It provides early education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years through eight unique brands: The Children’s Courtyard, Childtime Learning Centers, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited, Pathways Learning Academy, and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers. Learning Care Group operates more than 900 schools globally with over 21,000 employees and has a capacity to serve more than 130,000 children. The company supports child development for infants to school-agers through a comprehensive, research-based curriculum in a safe, nurturing, and fun school environment. It empowers children to be ready for school, instills a lifelong love of learning, and provides a foundation for the future. Learning Care Group also offers early education and child care programs for organizations, including onsite locations, as well as corporate partnerships and back-up care programs in its community-based schools.

The Learning Experience
The Learning Experience is a national leader in early childhood education programs with a mission of making a positive difference in the life of a child, their families and the communities we serve. Our Academies of Early Education provide a joyful environment where children are happy to learn, play and grow. Our discovery-based, all-inclusive curriculum utilizes fun proprietary curriculum characters and innovative technology to offer a one-of-a-kind learning experience that prepares children for elementary school and beyond.

New Horizon Academy
Welcome to New Horizon Academy. Since 1971, our family-owned and-operated company has made it our mission to provide the best child care and early education programs on the planet. With an uncompromising commitment to excellence and passionate, talented teachers, you will be delighted to discover the difference at New Horizon Academy.

Your child will flourish in New Horizon Academy’s thoughtfully planned programs, which are designed especially to meet your child’s specific needs at each stage of development from infants and toddlers through preschoolers and school-agers. Your child will build the necessary skills to succeed not only in school, but also in life.

Our family is delighted to welcome your family to New Horizon Academy! We know you cherish your child, and so will we. That is the promise we make to you each day!

Primrose Schools
Primrose Schools is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families. Our Franchise Owners, Leadership Teams and School Staff partner with parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life.

Shine Early Learning
Shine Early Learning is committed to proving that every child can succeed at the highest levels – and demonstrating that high-impact, evidence-based approaches can help early childhood programs truly make the difference in a child’s life. Shine Early Learning offers dedicated resources and an integrated programmatic approach to help Head Start and early education programs reach their own ambitious goals. The Shine Early Learning approach is developed, implemented, and continuously refined at Acelero Learning, a high-performing Head Start and Early Head Start program serving more than 5,000 children across the nation.

Spring Education Group
Spring Education Group is a multi-brand network providing superior private school education from infant care through high school. The network brings together some of the best private school programs in the country, with proven track records educating children through unique and carefully crafted curricula. Headquartered in Saratoga, California, Spring Education Group’s best-in-class platform was created by uniting four premier school organizations – BASIS Independent Schools, LePort Montessori, Nobel Learning Communities and Stratford School. The Spring network spans 18 states across the U.S. with an international presence in Asia.

Stepping Stone School
Stepping Stone School is a comprehensive early care and education program in the Austin, Round Rock, and College Station areas that profoundly nurtures children and prepares them for lifelong happiness. The Stepping Stone School experience will promote your child’s sense of belonging, as well as ensure healthy cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. We are deeply integrated in our communities and rooted in regions and neighborhoods such as Cedar Park, Teravista, Georgetown, and Pflugerville.