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Relief for Childcare Providers

The new COVID-19 stimulus package from Congress includes some relief for child care providers. See below for a great synopsis of the bill from our colleagues at the First Five Years Fund.

Late last night, the Senate passed a sweeping economic stimulus bill to provide relief to America’s families, small businesses, and major industries as they struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Included in the package is significant financial and regulatory relief for the nation’s child care industry, which has been hit with widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment.

While just the first step, it is our hope that the support contained in this package will go a long way toward helping the hardworking Americans who are struggling as a result of this horrible pandemic – including child care providers.

Over the course of the last many days, lawmakers on Capitol Hill received over 65,000 emails from concerned constituents through FFYF’s online action campaign, urging them to consider the needs of the child care industry in the economic stimulus package. Thank you to those of you who lent your voices to this important effort!

Once the bill is passed by the House and signed into law, FFYF will get straight to work with our partners to ensure the nation’s child care businesses have the information and resources they need to begin taking advantage of the relief provided by Congress today, so that quality child care remains available for working families now and into the future.

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We’re here for you

Dear Partners,

All of us at the Institute would like to reach out to let you know we remain here for you during these uncertain times. Our initiatives and services, including New York Works for Children and Aspire, QUALITYstarsNY, the Informal Family Childcare Project, Coaching, the Career Development Center, the NYC Early Childhood Research Network and the Leadership Initiative, are all open.  

We all share a primary concern – the health and well-being of children and families across New York State. During this unprecedented time, many families, but particularly health care workers, first responders, grocery store staff, and transit employees, will be relying on a diverse array of childcare arrangements. For those programs and individuals who are able to extend themselves to provide essential, stable, nurturing care, we thank you for your service.

For those of you who are doing your part by practicing social distancing, we thank you as well. We know that for a workforce used to being at the center of vibrant neighborhoods, isolation can be uncomfortable. Some educators are using this pause as a time to reflect on their practice; others may take this time to update their Aspire profiles, refresh their resumes, or complete the Training and Technical Assistance Professional Credentials. Participants in QUALITYstarsNY may find more concentrated time to work on their Quality Improvement Plans. Please let us know how we can help you in your efforts.  Each of us are available via email or telephone!

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Postponed: NYAEYC 2020 Annual Conference


The NYAEYC Annual Conference has been postponed. Below are some of the great sessions the Institute planned to offer. NYAEYC plans to hold the conference in the summer, we hope to see you then!

Gender Development, Expression and Play

  • Presenter: Kate Engle, Trainer – Gender and Sexuality
  • Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Prácticas Inclusivas: Respetando la Diversidad Cultural y Lingüística

  • Presenters: Ivonne Monje, Screening and Assessment Specialist and Tatiana Bacigalupe, Screening and Assessment Specialist
  • Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

SPAN – Physical Activity

  • Presenters: Kathy Moss, Quality Improvement Specialist and Karin Sperb, Quality Improvement Specialist
  • Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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4th Annual Early Learn Event

Last weekend, the Staten Island Alliance for North Shore Children and Families presented the 4th Annual Early Learn event. One hundred families attended the event at the Staten Island Children’s Museum where they met with childcare providers, 3K and Pre K for All providers, and afterschool programs.  The event also featured activities for children including story time, interactive sessions and Zumba. Twenty partner organizations participated and helped to make the day a success.

The Staten Island Alliance for North Shore Children and Families is a collective impact initiative, bringing together local stakeholders interested in improving the outcomes for young children and their families. The Institute serves as the backbone organization for these coordinated efforts, partnering closely with the Alliance’s Steering Committee. We look forward to continuing to help the Alliance improve early childhood education opportunities for young children and their families on Staten Island.

PreK for All in a Changing Landscape: Recap of the NYC Research Symposium 12/6

In December 2019, the New York City Early Childhood Research Network held its first Research Symposium to highlight insights from eight studies that investigate the implementation of New York City’s PreK for All program. The Research Network shared a recap of the symposium on its new website along with the presentations, research posters, and handouts shared at the event. Check out the blog post here.




New Report on the State of America’s Children

The Children's Defense Fund has released its State of America's Children report. The report includes stories, statistics, data and trends that show how children across the country are without the basic building blocks they need to thrive.  In addition, the report provides state-by-state fact sheets to explore data for the children living in each state, including indicators related to child poverty, health, education, welfare, and more. Read the full report.



Governor Cuomo’s Child Care Task Force

The final recommendations from Governor Cuomo's Child Care Availability Task Force are due to the governor by the end of this year. The task force was launched in 2018 to develop solutions that will improve access to quality, affordable child care in New York. Check out a recent article from Gotham Gazette to learn more.

Remembering Liege Motta

It is with profound sorrow that I write to inform you that Liege Motta passed away peacefully on Nov 22, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Liege was loved and respected by many. Through her active Facebook account, she often reminded us all to act on our commitment not only to children, but also immigrants, women restrained by antifeminist societies, and for governmental transparency. 

In the world of early childhood and teacher education, her expertise was put to good use.  Liege worked at Bank Street College, Hunter College, and The City College Center for Worker Education, and the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.  For many years she was a curriculum developer and mentor at Columbia University’s Medical Center Nursery, and at NYC public schools during the rollout of universal pre-k programs.   Her interests in early literacy, authentic assessment, and the arts, including her participation in NYC choral groups, went hand-in-hand with her love for teaching and her approach to life-long learning.

She was a cherished colleague who will be missed.

A memorial in her honor will be organized at The City College Center for Worker Education in the spring of 2020.  Date and time TBA.

Vicki Garavuso

City College CWE

The Aspire Registry Fall Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their fall newsletter. Since 2015, the Aspire Registry Newsletter has discussed the latest Registry news and events, and highlighted the work of New York professionals in the field of early childhood. The newsletter also provides information about useful resources and tips for early childhood professionals. The newsletter is distributed to over 25,000 Aspire Registry members, a number that continues to grow.

The fall newsletter introduces members to SharedSourceECNY, a web-based resource that offers videos, documents, and other information gathered from experts in the early childhood field. SharedSourceECNY members also have access to exclusive cost saving programs, like discounts on classroom supplies, food service suppliers, and other employee benefits. In addition, the newsletter features Stacie Boelkins, the Director of Christ the King Early Childhood Education Center. Stacie shares her experience using SharedSourceECNY and offers tips for exploring the site.

Read the newsletter: The Aspire Registry Fall Newsletter 2019

Executive Director Sherry Cleary Named University Dean of Early Childhood Initiatives

The Institute's Executive Director, Sherry Cleary, has been named the new University Dean of Early Childhood Initiatives, effective immediately. Sherry will add this new role to her existing portfolio and continue to focus on early childhood issues within CUNY, throughout the state, and nationally. 

Sherry has served for 13 years in the Office of the Senior University Dean as the Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, a unique public/private partnership that harnesses the combined efforts of city and state agencies, private funders, and CUNY to establish a workforce system that insures training, funding, standards, and credentials for individuals who work with young children throughout New York. The Institute also leads the NYC Early Childhood Research Network, which has launched eleven studies focusing on the workforce serving children from birth through 5 years. Sherry co-chairs the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council for the state of New York.  She also is a past President of the New York State Association, and has served on the Board of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. In addition, Sherry was named to the six-member Early Childhood Working Group, which built the model to be used for New York City’s Universal Pre-kindergarten implementation.
More recently, Sherry has played a major role in the design and implementation of the Family Empowerment Community College Pilot at CUNY, which provides students with vital on-campus child care and career counseling. She has also taken on the new CUNY Early Childhood Workforce scholarship. Given her expanding work in this area and CUNY’s particular interest in building more robust supports for student parents, Executive Vice Chancellor Jose Luis Cruz has asked Sherry to integrate the excellent work and the dedicated personnel of CUNY’s campus-based childcare programs into her portfolio.

Congratulations Sherry on this well-deserved recognition!