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Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working toward the goal of high-quality, affordable and accessible early care and learning for all New York families. Its members include parents, employers, children's advocates, service providers, labor unions, educators, pediatricians, law enforcement, research and community groups.

Winning Beginning NY began its work in the late 1990s but was formally convened in 2005. The original convening organizations were the Center for Children’s Initiatives (formerly Child Care, Inc.), the Early Care and Learning Council (formerly the Child Care Coordinating Council), the NYS Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

In 2012, the Coalition voted to move to a Steering Committee model. The convening organizations continue to serve as dedicated partners who provide valuable expertise to the Coalition.

Winning Beginning NY:

Advocates for investment in quality early care and learning, including the implementation of QUALITYstarsNY.

Promotes planning, coordination, and implementation strategies that strengthen early care and learning.

Supports implementation of Universal Prekindergarten through public information, policy analysis, and technical assistance.

Works to build a statewide, birth-to-five, early care and learning system that links: child care, Head Start, preschool special education, home visiting, afterschool programs and Universal Prekindergarten.



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