Explore the Core Body of Knowledge!

The Institute is kicking off a social media series that will encourage our followers to explore the Core Body of Knowledge: New York State’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. The Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) outlines the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required to work with young children. It is an essential resource for all […]

Governor Cuomo Supports QUALITYstarsNY for 2018

A message from Sherry M. Cleary, Executive Director: Governor Cuomo’s 2018 budget proposal, released yesterday, includes a funding allocation of $5 million for QUALITYstarsNY for the second year in a row. We are grateful to have the support of the Governor’s office and we honor his commitment to high quality early childhood in New York […]

Are you a Pre-K teacher that needs to complete your Certification? The Institute can help you!!

The early years represent the most sensitive time for children’s growth and development, and the effects of this time persist throughout children’s academic careers and into adulthood. This makes ensuring the highest quality education for our youngest learners critical for their future. A high quality education begins with high quality teachers, which is why the […]

Governor Cuomo Announces $10.4 Million in State Funding to Support 3-Year-Old Pre-K in 25 High-Need School Districts

Research has consistently demonstrated that the early years of a child’s life have a significant impact on their school success, as well their success later in life. In fact, recent reports indicate that approximately half of the achievement gap is already apparent before children enter the first grade. These findings also suggest that experiencing high-quality […]

Early Learning Challenge States Demonstrate Increase in Program Quality Ratings and Enrollment

In 2011, Congress called for proposals for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant. The purpose of the RTT-ELC Grant was to improve the quality of early learning programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in these programs. Four years […]

QUALITYstarsNY Program Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Playground

The Schenectady Early Childhood Education Center, a QUALITYstarsNY program, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a year of successful renovations intended to better meet the needs of their children and community. Since moving to Schenectady in 2015, the program has worked hand-in-hand with the community to find grants and resources to build a suitable […]

New York City’s Early Childhood Mental Health Network

The mental health of New York’s youngest children is of the upmost importance to ensure that they have the ability to thrive and grow in their homes, child care centers, and classrooms and develop into successful adults. In response to the needs of the city’s youngest children and their families, First Lady Chirlane McCray has […]

NYT Letter to the Editor on Accessible Child Care

To the Editor: “The Wages of Child Care” (Business Day, July 13) illuminates the problem: low wages driven by the fact that the burden to pay these wages rests on young families, early in their earning capacity, and grossly inadequate public subsidy rates. The United States needs to make a social policy change by allocating […]

How Does the Early Childhood Profession Support Children Experiencing Homelessness?

Homelessness continues to affect the lives of thousands of young children in New York and across the country. In addition to health and safety concerns, homeless children and youth also face many challenges when seeking access to education. In order to address these barriers, the U.S. Department of Education has recently released guidance to states and school […]

The Administration for Children & Families Announces a New Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways

Building quality through a well-trained and educated workforce continues to be an important focus of the early childhood field, both at the state level and nationally. Experts agree that developing and retaining a strong early childhood workforce begins with creating clear, research-based career pathways that outline the knowledge and competencies necessary to be a successful […]