Governor Cuomo Supports QUALITYstarsNY for 2018

A message from Sherry M. Cleary, Executive Director:

Governor Cuomo’s 2018 budget proposal, released yesterday, includes a funding allocation of $5 million for QUALITYstarsNY for the second year in a row. We are grateful to have the support of the Governor’s office and we honor his commitment to high quality early childhood in New York State.

QUALITYstarsNY is New York’s early childhood quality rating and improvement system, designed to ensure that New York’s youngest children have access to high quality care and education across the state. With next year’s support, we will be able to continue to serve 750 early childhood programs and over 34,000 children. The parents of these thousands of children can confidently leave their children every day in the centers, schools, and family homes that participate in QUALITYstarsNY, knowing that their little ones are in the nurturing and stimulating environments that research shows is vital to their healthy development and lifelong success.

QUALITYstarsNY provides an evidence-based standards framework and uses a data tracking system to ensure maximum accountability and the efficient, effective use of public funds. Most importantly, it works. The number of highly rated programs increased by 65% over a three-year period. With the support of New York State and other public and private sources, QUALITYstarsNY is determined to expand the number of participating programs to provide access to excellent care to more children across the state and to protect the extensive investment made in Pre-K. With a target to serve 3,400 center- and school-based programs and 3,200 family providers serving 230,000 children, from birth through five years, within the next five years, additional support is urgently needed for the vital expansion of the program.   

2 Comments

  1. Alyssa Estremo says:

    Hi Kristina,

    The following is a list of the counties with QUALITYstarsNY programs. The counties in bold are those that have been added since 2012. If you would like more information, please contact Mary Hayes at Mary.hayes@cuny.edu

    Adirondack Region

    Franklin

    Clinton

    Essex

    Capital District

    Albany,

    Rensselaer

    Schenectady

    Central NY

    Broome

    Chemung

    Madison,

    Montgomery,

    Oneida

    Onondaga

    Finger Lakes

    Monroe

    Schuyler

    Steuben

    Hudson Valley

    Dutchess

    Orange

    Rockland

    Ulster

    Westchester

    Long Island

    Nassau

    Suffolk

    New York City

    Bronx

    Kings

    New York

    Queens

    Richmond

    Thousand Island Seaway

    Jefferson

    Western NY

    Erie

    Cattaraugus

     Chautauqua

     

  2. Kristina says:

    What counties are included? Have more been added?