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, […]

Elevating the Workforce

The challenges and opportunities we face make for ‘interesting times’.  At the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (Institute) we seek to strengthen and elevate the early childhood workforce.  We’ve built a comprehensive system of workforce development, known as New York Works for Children, and work with city and state agencies, and nationally, to […]

The Institute’s Informal Family Child Care Project (IFCC) Recognizes Brooklyn Borough Professional Development Series on Building Relationships Participants

Photo credit: Kelly Williams On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the IFCC team held a recognition ceremony to celebrate the participants who completed their Brooklyn Borough Professional Development series on Building Relationships. The providers participated in a 5 week class on Wednesday evenings and covered topics such as responsive caregiving with children, supporting and partnering with […]

Everyone Loves Pre-K, But No One’s Asking the Key Question: How Do We Train Early Educators?

In a recent article of The 74, Conor P. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Researcher of New America's Education Policy Program, discusses the importance of professionalizing the early childhood workforce in order to improve the quality of early childhood care and education nationwide. Dr. Williams frames his argument around the current presidential election, and urges candidates and […]

The Promise of Teacher-Residency Programs

In an article featured in the Atlantic, author Jackie Mader discusses a new innovative teacher preparation model that adopts practices from the medical field. Urban Teachers is a 3-year residency program in which prospective teachers co-teach a classroom with an experienced teacher while earning a master’s degree and receiving ongoing coaching. After completing the third […]

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 […]

Getting to Know Institute Staff: Meet Helen

  Helen Frazier is the Project Coordinator of the Institute’s Pre-K Support Team, which provides professional development to early childhood teachers. The team trains teachers to effectively use data to inform classroom practices and continues to support teachers through ongoing coaching. We asked Helen to share some of her reflections about her work with us. […]

The Aspire Registry February Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their February newsletter. The newsletter includes the latest Aspire Registry news and event and features the Core Body of Knowledge, a tool that outlines the dispositions and skills required to work with young children. This month's newsletter also includes a spotlight feature on a member of the Aspire registry staff.  […]

A Mad Dash to enroll Preschoolers (The Wall Street Journal)

  Due to the city aim to offer 33,000 full day Universal Pre-K seats by fall in New York City, early childhood centers are faced with an urgency to fill those seats. District pre-schools have been mostly filled since June, while the centers are still out enrolling new students. With months passed and millions of […]

Early Childhood and Human Capital (Washington Post)

Since the 2007-2009 recession, there have been historically high, long-term unemployment rates throughout the nation. Economists, policymakers, and businesspeople have since been pondering the question: how does the nation work to combat this unemployment? Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, presented the Federal Reserve’s plan of action in a speech at […]