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Children need to spend their formative years with dedicated, educated, trained and well-compensated individuals in order to thrive in today's society. The PDI believes that is accomplished with the recruitment of a talented workforce, competency-based teacher education programs, innovative models of technical assistance, dynamic applied research strategies, effective public policy and adequate funding.

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Publications for download, purchase and exploring online.

  • The Pathways Guide to
    New York Early Childhood Teacher Certification

  • The PDI Policy Brief:
    A New Policy Agenda

  • The Core Body of Knowledge
    Core Competencies for ECE Professionals

  • The New York State
    Early Learning Guidelines

  • Connections in Early Learning
    Spring 2015

Career Development Services Center

Helping aspiring and current early childhood professionals discover and achieve their career ambitions

Pre-K Teacher Preparation Project

Find a Job in a UPK Center!

Informal Family Child Care Project

Serving license-exempt providers with training and access to events, resources, and allies throughout the city

New York Works for Children

New York's Early Childhood Workforce Information System and Home of Aspire: New York's Registry for Early Childhood Professionals


New York's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a statewide initiative that assists all types of early childhood programs in improving the quality of their services in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children.

Children's Program Collaborative


Serving programs in New York City through intensive onsite coaching, innovative professional development, and technical assistance.


    NEW Series for Educators and Families on Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in Early Childhood Education


    Early Education News Roundup: June 26th Edition


    Early Education News Roundup: June 19th Edition


    Early Education News Roundup: June 12th Edition


    Early Education News Roundup: June 5th Edition

Job Opportunities

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Resources to Strengthen Your Practice

Facing the Screen Dilemma:

Young children, technology and early education

A guide from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Helping you and the families you work with make informed decisions

More Resources

Professional Membership Organizations

A directory of organizations that offer guidance, resources, and support for early childhood professionals.

Advocacy, Research and Policy Links

A directory of important links for learning more about early childhood policy, and advocating for positive change.

NYC & NYS Agencies

A list of all the child and education related agencies in New York.

Libraries, Museums, Zoos and Parks

Places to go! a list of great, fun and educational places to take young children, with tips for how teachers can make use of these great destinations.