The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) is a non-profit alliance of America's leading national, regional, and independent providers of high-quality child care and early learning and development programs for young children. ECEC was formed in 1999 to create a provider voice to shape public policy in support of high-quality care and education for children and families. ECEC is the only national organization exclusively representing the voice of child care providers on Capitol Hill and in the states. ECEC represents those who implement the policies created in Congress and in the states.
ECEC is engaged in the states and on the federal level in supporting strategies and advocating legislation that promotes the development and funding of high-quality early care and education. ECEC's efforts include meeting with legislators and their staff, testifying before Congress and the Administration, shaping the early learning debates in national meetings and the media, and building effective collaborations with other national childhood organizations. Directly or through advocacy grants, ECEC has convened partners, drafted legislation, bussed parents and teachers to statehouses, trained providers on how to lobby, and pressed for increased funding. ECEC emphasizes the need to address all parts of the child care and early education system. – less–ZoomInfo