Public Policy

NAEYC Position Statements
Position Statements state the Association’s position on issues related to early childhood education practice, policy, and/or professional development for which there are controversial or critical opinions. All position statements can be downloaded free of charge, however, written permission is required to republish excerpts from or full text of NAEYC position statements.  Take a look at NAEYC’s position statements here.

New York State Policy
“Access to high-quality early childhood education is critical to preparing young children for academic and developmental success.  Early childhood education programs are also critical to parental employment stability. New York State’s early childhood system includes child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK).”  If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child in New York State, contact your local Senator, and for more information about New York State’s early childhood resources, please take a look at the links below.

New York State Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC)

New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC)

New York State Council on Children and Families (CCF)

New York State Education Department Universal Prekindergarten Program

New York State Early Childhood Education Online (NYSECEO)

New York State Family Child Care Association

New York State School-age Care Coalition

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)


Winning Beginning New York

Federal Policy
For more information about policy on the federal level, please take a look at the following resources.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

National Head Start Association (NHSA)

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF)


The NYSAEYC Public Policy Committee identifies key issues that affect the field of early care and education and makes information available to the greater membership. In addition, the committee identifies ways individuals can act independently and/or organizationally as advocates for children and families.

Public Policy Chair: Jenn O’Connor

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