Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC)

The Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is comprised of early childhood educators, policy-makers, and community advocates from around the state.  The purpose of the ECAC is to coordinate efforts among early care and education programs, conduct needs assessments concerning early childhood education and development programs and develop a statewide strategic report regarding early childhood education and care.

2018 Priorities

2018 Meeting Structure

2018 Meeting Dates

March 15, 2018 – Johns Hopkins University/CTE (Columbia Campus) 10:00am - 3:30pm

June 21, 2018 – MSDE     

September 20, 2018 –Johns Hopkins University/CTE (Columbia Campus)                  

December 20, 2018 - MSDE


The ECAC Statute (DOC) and the Approved Bylaws of the ECAC (PDF) provide an overview of the members of the council, appointments and terms, and the duties and procedures for conducting business. 

Important ECAC Documents:

March 15, 2018 CCDF (Draft) State Plan and Workgroups:

  1. Child Care Subsidy
  2. Family Engagement
  3. Quality Improvement
  4. Licensing Standards/Monitoring
  5. Recruitment/Retaining Quality Workforce

Meeting Minutes: