About Us

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A little about us

As the membership agency for the Child Care Resource & Referral network, ECLC envisions a high-preforming network that champions accessible, affordable, high-quality child care; provides exceptional supports and resources to child care providers, and advances racial equity through policy and practice.

Our mission

The Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC) is the coordinating agency for the New York State Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) network. We elevate the voices of the CCR&Rs, and advocate for a quality, affordable, equitable early care and education system. ECLC offers training and professional development to CCR&Rs and delivers innovative curricula that supports the building of sustainable child care systems throughout the state.

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Our Staff

Alissa
Ballard
Technical Assistance Grant Coordinator (Upstate)
Policy & Community Education
Ext: 40
Ryan
Chappell
Research Analyst
Programs & Services
Ext: 24
Beth
Diana
Administrative Associate
Administrative Services
Ext: 10
Elijah
Foulks
DEIB Coordinator
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB)
Ext: 21
Donna
Fredlund
Data Administration Coordinator
Programs & Services
Ext: 17
Fannie
Glover
Director of Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB)
Ext: 18
Allison
Graham
Infant Toddler Mental Health Program Associate
Programs & Services
Ext: 11
Abbe
Lynne
Hahn Hook
Associate Executive Director
Programs & Services
Ext: 26
Jessie
Havens
Community Education Coordinator
Policy & Community Education
Ext: 20

Our Board

Jennifer
Rojas
Chair
Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc.
Joy
Connolly
1st Vice Chair
Child Care Council of Nassau
Cathy
Brodeur
2nd Vice Chair
Jefferson-Lewis Child Care Project
Julie
Champion
Treasurer
Child and Family Resources, Inc.
Majorie
Lawlor
Secretary
Pro Action of Steuben and Yates​
Abbe
Kovacik
Members at Large
BrightSide Up, Inc.
Sumon
Chin
Members at Large
Learning & Wellness Services, Chinese-American Planning Council
Dr.
Reva
Gershen-Lowy
Members at Large
Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
Timothy
Hathaway
Members at Large
Prevent Child Abuse New York

Our Partners

Our Sponsors

ChildCare Aware of America
New York Association for the Educating of Young Children
New York State Council on Children and Families
New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council
New York State Network for Youth Success
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
NYSB5
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