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 […]

Beyond Readiness: The Impact of Early Childhood Educators

In a recent post on the Huffington Post Blog, Kai-leé Berke discusses the important role early childhood educators play in children’s lives beyond academics. Berke shares personal anecdotes about the special relationship her child has with her teacher, and how the teacher supports her child’s ability to manage transitions. Based on these experiences, Berke recommends […]

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. […]

To Inspire Students, First Inspire Teachers

In a recent post on the Huffington Post Education Blog, Vince Bertram discusses the importance of building the confidence of educators, in order to impact children’s interest in learning across various subjects. To learn more, visit