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 […]

Getting to know Institute Staff: Meet Dana

Dana Benzo is the Project Coordinator of the Institute’s higher education initiatives. We asked Dana to share some of her reflections about her work with us. What is your current role? In your own words, how would you describe the work you do? I am currently the coordinator of the higher education arm of the […]

The Aspire Registry May Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their May newsletter. The newsletter includes the latest Aspire Registry news and events, and also highlights the work of professionals in the field of early childhood. This month’s newsletter spotlight features Louisa Higgins, New York Works for Children’s Project Coordinator.  The Aspire Registry team also provides information about their […]

The Aspire April Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their April newsletter. The newsletter includes the latest Aspire Registry news and events, and also highlights the work of professionals in the field of early childhood. This month’s newsletter spotlight features, Emmanuella Pean, the Aspire Registry team’s Outreach and Communications Associate. The Aspire Registry team also provides information about […]

The Aspire Registry March Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their March newsletter. The newsletter includes the latest Aspire Registry news and events, and also features professionals in the field of early childhood. This month’s newsletter spotlight is on Ingrid Trouvé, a Special Education Coordinator at Alternatives for Children. The Aspire Registry team also provides information about their outreach […]

NYC Parents Give Pre-K High Marks in Survey

A recent study of 1,100 families with children enrolled in New York City’s universal pre-K classes reports that 90% of families are happy with the program. The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute is proud to be a partner in NYC’s pre-K workforce initiatives. Learn more at http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/exclusive-nyc-parents-give-pre-k-high-marks-survey-article-1.2549623?utm_source=Master+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=bbe4cfb310-Rise_Shine_t3_2_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23e3b96952-bbe4cfb310-75533993