The Informal Family Child Care Professional Learning and Home Coaching Project

Childcare in an informal, unlicensed caregiver’s home is the most common non-parental childcare arrangement for infants and toddlers and children from low-income families. With generous support from the New York Community Trust, the Institute is proud to unveil an intensive professional learning and coaching program, models typically available to licensed and center-based early childhood programs, […]

Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate 2017 Graduation

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate is the most widely recognized national credential in early childhood education and an important stepping stone on the career pathway for many early childhood educators. In partnership with the Institute, the CDA Certificate is offered at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS). Graduates of the program receive […]

Gender, Sexuality and the Family Workshop Series

During the preschool years, children are beginning to develop their understandings of gender, sexuality, and family. As children discover these concepts, there is little opportunity for early childhood educators and families to talk about the questions and behaviors that come up in their classrooms and homes. The Institute is committed to providing educators, professionals, parents, […]

Free Job Search Workshops For Early Childhood Professionals!

Maloune Samuel Finding a job is hard work!  That statement is no less true for early childhood professionals as it is for other job seekers.  In fact, in the field of early childhood, where the intentional development of career plans and goals are not always prioritized, it may even be more challenging. To address these […]

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC)

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) of New York State has established a standard used to measure program management and leadership abilities of early childhood and school-age program administrators. The credential was developed by The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children and may be earned by both new and experienced administrators […]

Gender, Sexuality, and Family in Early Childhood Education

Gender and sexuality are often considered topics exclusively for adults, or at least for teens or pre-teens. But early childhood classrooms are rife with questions, interactions, and play that address and present opportunities to explore children’s and families’ ideas about bodies, identities, and relationships. In the dramatic play corner: “You can’t play. You’re a boy […]

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 […]

Building Quality in Family Child Care

One of the greatest opportunities to strengthen New York’s early childhood workforce is building the quality of practice in family child care programs. The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs recently released its full report analyzing the progress and challenges of the city’s contracted, EarlyLearn Family Childcare programs.  The report, Bringing It All Home: […]

The Institute’s Informal Family Child Care Project (IFCC) Recognizes the Participants of the Brooklyn Borough Trainings

From left to right (Front) Mercedes Diaz, Bergica Albuquerque, Zoila Chusan, Nancy Correa; From left to right (Back) Yolanda Morales, Humberto Cruz, Alexandra Alberto, Jose Alberto This Wednesday, July 6th the Informal Family Child Care Project held a recognition ceremony for the fourth cycle of Brooklyn Borough Trainings. This group was special because it was […]

QUALITYstarsNY End-of-the-Year Learning Community Event

June 15, 2016—Quality Improvement Specialist, Charlene Harvilla (center of back row), is celebrating a successful year of Learning Community meetings with QUALITYstarsNY program administrators in the Southern Tier. Front Row:  Nichole Fuller, Lori Smith, Leigh Tiesi, Lori Hayes, Rachele VerValin-Petit, Martha Kirby. Back row:  Judy Murphy, Chrissy Caslin, Emily Drake, Marlene Schwartz Patrick, Charlene Harvilla, Grace Mohrien, […]