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Child Care Works is a long-term movement for families, grandparents, child care providers, state leaders, policymakers, and advocates who want better policies that support quality child care for all. Child Care Works is a product of Child Care Aware® of America (see below), which is a national membership-based nonprofit organization working to advance affordability, accessibility, development and learning of children in child care.

Winning Beginning NY is the state’s early care and learning coalition. It supports investments and policies that move New York State toward a comprehensive early learning system. Winning Beginning NY believes that in this time of fiscal crisis our State must preserve, protect, and increase access to high-quality early care and learning programs.  These programs, all of equal priority, are essential for children's success and our State's economic recovery.Read the 2015-2016 Legislative Agenda here.

Early Care and Learning Council Public Policy Agenda in Brief The Early Care and Learning Council believes that investments in early childhood have both short and long term economic benefits for our state, its. families, and the current and future workforce. Learn more about Early Care and Learning Council's Policy and Advocacy  

Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA): The poor state of the economy is hurting millions of Americans. Working families with children depend on child care to get and keep a job. More than 11 million children under age 5 are in the care of someone other than a parent. Millions more school-age children are in after-school programs. Child care is often difficult to find, especially for infants and toddlers. It is challenging to afford and of questionable quality. CCAoA's public policy agenda is both grassroots-inspired and research-based. CCAoA recommends that Congress: reauthorize and strengthen the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), increase the CCDBG quality set-aside, require accountability for CCDBG funds, ensure affordable child care for families, strengthen rural child care, limit potentially unsafe license-exempt care, and make child care part of disaster planning. Check out the Child Care Aware of America's Public Policy Toolkit

Together New York Early Learning Program Data Systems A report by the National Center for Children in Poverty This report shows that data collected by state and local agencies on young children and the programs serving them have enormous potential value. Families, service providers, policymakers, researchers, advocates and others can use the data to better understand children's needs, improve access to services, strengthen services, enhance the efficiency of services, and understand the short- and long-term impacts of services. See the report.

We Can Do Better: This 2013 Update is the fourth in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers. Child Care Aware® of America’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed.

The average score in 2013 was 92 out of a possible 150 points (61 percent of all possible points). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, the remaining top 10 states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D and the remaining states 20 failed. See the report.

Leaving Children to Chance Child Care Aware® of America assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation.

The maximum number of points a state could receive is 150. Sixteen states scored zero. Of the states that scored points, the average score was 69, which equates to 46 percent – a failing grade in any classroom. Family child care in the United States is characterized by weak state inspection standards, incomplete background checks, weak training requirements, weak early learning standards and weak basic health and safety standards. Learn more here.

AfterSchool Works! New York, 230 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203 Phone: (518) 694-0660 Fax: (518) 690-2887

Letters Make a Difference! Your letters count! Personal letters can make a huge difference in the actions of your legislators. In a letter writing campaign, ten letters can be perceived as a ground swell of support and can push a legislator into action on an issue. Most legislators are conscientious about their mail and consider the views of their constituents when they deliberate on an issue. Many legislators respond to their constituents and share their views. Remember, sending a personal letter carries more weight than signing a form letter or a prepared postcard.  For additional advocacy information, please call (877) 425-0009 x 417 or email

Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA) 1515 North Courthouse Road, 11th Floor Arlington, VA 22201(map) Phone: (703) 341-4100 Fax: (703) 341-4101

Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC), 230 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12203 Phone: (518) 690-4217 Fax: (518) 690-2887

Every Child Matters (ECM), 1023 15th Street NW Suite 401 Washington, DC 20005 Phone: (202) 223-8177 Fax: (202) 223-8499

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 313 L Suite NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005 Phone: (202) 232-8777 Toll Free: (800) 424-2460

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), 1743 West Alexander Street Salt Lake City, UT 84119 Phone: (801) 886-2322 Fax: (801) 886-2325

New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC), 230 Washington Avenue Extension Albany, NY 12203 Phone: (518) 867-3517 Fax: (518) 867-3520

Palisades Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC)

Winning Beginning NY (WBNY)

Our Involvement: Because of our committment to quality child care, Child Care Resources of Rockland is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC), Winning Beginning NY (WBNY) and Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA). These organizations are leaders in state and national early care and education advocacy efforts.

Advocacy Events

Children's Legislative Forum: Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc., in conjunction with the Rockland Children’s Advocacy Network (RCAN) and its members, host a Children’s Legislative Forum and Breakfast in February or March each year for a discussion about how families, children and the early care and education community are faring in Rockland County.  

Child Care Resources of Rockland - Annual Meeting
Every June, Child Care Resources of Rockland holds an annual meeting that is open to the public, families, early childhood professionals, businesses, legislators and other interested individuals.

Rockland Children's Advocacy Network (RCAN) Meetings
RCAN is a coalition of citizens, students, public and private organizations providing an independent voice for the children of Rockland. RCAN works to identify the unmet needs of children, to inform the public and policy-makers about them, to advocate for innovative solutions and to encourage community involvement and collaboration to improve children's lives today and in the future.

If you are interested in joining this coalition and attending the meetings, please call Jane Brown at (877) 425-0009 x417 or email

​Business Forum: A Competitive Necessity in a Global Economy

Sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase and hosted by the Future Workforce Coalition of the Lower Hudson Valley Steering Committee, this Business Forum was held in June of 2012. The Forum was an opportunity to educate businesses, community organizations, providers and parents about early childhood issues in the lower Hudson Valley.

If you are interested in joining the Coalition or would like to receive information about future business forums, please contact Jane Brown at (877) 425-0009 x417 or