Preschool Development Birth Through Five (NYSB5)

B5 Grant Awarded and Work Begins! 

On December 31, 2018, the Council was awarded an $8.7 million one-year Preschool Development Birth to Five grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You can read the Council grant proposal. Learn more about grant activities here.

We are starting our work with a statewide comprehensive needs assessment. Your input is requested! As part of the NYSB5 Needs Assessment process, the Council will be asking grant partners to identify families, early care and education providers, policymakers and administrators to participate in in-person focus groups and online surveys.

Please be on the lookout for a call of interest to participate!

The Birth to Five grant includes supporting increased parent involvement in the planning and improvement work that the Council does with its state agency partners. In partnership with the NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), we are looking for parents of children ages infants to five years old (0-5) who are interested in attending ECAC meetings. If you know parents who might be interested, please email:

NYSB5 Important Events

Kindergarten Transitions! A statewide Summit with 88 participants was held in early March. An application to conduct local summits was released and  competitive awards made to nine local teams. Watch for local Kindergarten Transition Summits in your area! 

* Capital District Child Care Council

* Child Care Solutions

* Child Care of Orange

* Columbia Opportunities

* North Country Alliance Action

* Long Island Pre-K

* United Way of the Valley and Utica

* Wayne County Partnership for Strengthening Families

* Westchester Community Opportunity Program

Click here for more Transition Summit Resources.

NYSB5 Supporting the Pyramid Model 

Pyramid Model Hubs will be implemented at three Child Care Resource and Referrals (CCR&Rs) agencies in vulnerable communities. Trainings are being scheduled in New York State and posted on the NYSECAC.ORG website. For more information, please contact Vicki Robert, Early Childhood Social and Emotional Coordinator at the Council.


The next NYS ECAC Member Meeting is: June 20, 2019 at the Empire State Plaza. You can find previous ECAC member meeting materials here.

Other Upcoming NYSB5 Activities 

  • Sharing Best Practices 
  • Media Campaign for Parents and Caregivers
  • Much more to be announced soon! 

 For more information, please email: