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 […]

Authentic Assessment: A Critical Tool for Early Childhood Educators

Elisa A. Hartwig Authentic assessment is a powerful tool for early childhood educators to analyze information gathered during everyday classroom activities and routines in order to understand each unique child’s development. Consistent and comprehensive reflection on observation notes, photos, artistic creations, emergent writing, and dictations provides teachers with meaningful insight about each child and about […]

Unequal Access: Barriers to Early Childhood Education for Boys of Color

With election season coming to an end, a topic that both presidential candidates agree on is increasing access to early childhood education for the nation’s youngest citizens. The subject of early care and education has received growing attention over the past decade, but the findings of a recent report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Visit from Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns

On April 28, 2016, Family Help Center daycare received a visit from Assemblyman Michael Kearns. In his role as guest reader, Assemblyman Kearns read “Over in the Meadow” to children in the Universal Pre-K classroom. During the visit, Assemblyman Kearns also had the opportunity to meet with Kim Stewart, the center’s director. Assemblyman Kearns and […]