Children need to spend their most critical years with dedicated, educated, trained, and well-compensated individuals in order to thrive. The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute leads the work to establish and implement an early childhood workforce system to ensure funding, standards and competencies, career development resources, qualifications and credentials, professional development (training and strengths-based coaching), and program quality assurance and improvement for individuals who work with young children throughout New York.

Our Services

Career Advising

Free individual and small group career advising

Workshops and Events

Professional development events for early childhood professionals


Individualized, Relationship-Based Professional Development

The Aspire Registry

Track your career and qualifications and find professional development

Job Board

Job openings in positions across the field of early childhood

Other Services

Tailored Professional Development Plans and Programs

The Institute Initiatives

New York Works for Children & The Aspire Registry

New York Works for Children (NYWFC) is the State's integrated professional development system for the early childhood and school age workforce. It is also the home of The Aspire Registry: 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.

Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides free, comprehensive career development services to all current and aspiring early childhood professionals. Our services include: Academic Planning and Advisement, Career and Vocational Assessment, Resume Preparation, Interview and Job Search Strategies and Teacher Certification

Informal Family Child Care Project

The Informal Family Child Care Project offers a wide range of programs and services, including training, technical assistance, home visits and access to dynamic materials and resources that support best practices for children and families.


The Institute and our state partners have developed policy, infrastructure and communications to bring coaching to the fore as a critical component of professional development in New york State. Our own Institute Coaches provide individualized, reflective coaching to Early Childhood professionals in order to meet their self-identified, competency-based professional development goals.

NYC Early Childhood Research Network

The NYC Early Childhood Research Network (Network) was established to bring representatives from New York’s City agencies and researchers in the New York City metropolitan area together to consider key research questions to benefit programs and policies serving children from birth through age 8.

Leadership Initiative

The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education will lead the Leadership Initiative, designed to support the professional development and success of current leaders and prospective leaders in the early childhood field.

News, Updates and Events

  • Public Investments Stabilize Early Care and Education
    posted: 09/24/20 4:43pm
  • Let's Keep Moving Forward
    posted: 09/22/20 3:30pm
  • Equitable Access to Technology for Remote Learning
    posted: 09/17/20 4:20pm
  • Children Wearing Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
    posted: 09/15/20 1:38pm
  • Research Brief and Resources from the ECE Workforce COVID-19 Survey: Who is Caring for the ECE Workforce?
    posted: 09/11/20 12:50pm
  • Removing the “Just”: Building Confidence in the Early Childhood Field
    posted: 09/10/20 1:49pm
  • At the Other Side of the Door
    posted: 09/08/20 11:06am