It’s cold- How are you engaging in “play” with your children? Read about one idea here…

It's winter time and it's cold- if you are anything like us, you probably want to stay inside. However, read this cool article about what a mom and her 7 year old did in the freezing cold.


What are other people doing to combat the cold and engage in fun and dynamic methods of play? We would love for teachers to share some of their discoveries and experiences with children in this very cold weather.



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Best Practices Highlighted in Early Childhood Videos: Watch it Here

First 5 and the Teaching Channel have teamed up to film six diverse preschools across San Francisco using a grant from the Evelyn & Walter Hass, Jr. Foundation.

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New York State of Health: Are You Covered?

New York's new healthcare exchange website, New York State of Health is up and running, and hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have registered. Plans for individuals, organizations and families find insurance are all available. If you don't currently have health insurance, or are looking for a more affordable option, New York State of Health is where you need to be. Keep in mind that December 23 is the deadline to get coverage that starts on January 1 and a March 31 is the enrollment deadline to avoid a financial penalty for not having insurance in 2014 (more information about deadlines).

Take care of yourself, so that you can offer the best care to the children of New York!

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Universal Pre-Kindergarten Implementation Working Group

Please join us in congratulating our very own, Sherry M. Cleary, in being selected as one of the six-members tasked with the development of an implementation plan for Mayor de Blasio's vision for free and universal pre-kindergarten in New York City.

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Lawmarkers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Early Education for America’s Children

The Strong Start for America's Children Act builds on the framework put forward by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union Address and fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. It  accelerates the progress already made by states, pushed for by Democratic and Republican governors alike, and will help states that want to start or expand high-quality early learning programs. It will also build on investments in Head Start and improve access to high-quality early childhood care and education for infants and toddlers.

Here are the highlights:

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Online Info Session- Register Here!

Please Join Us!

Are you an assistant teacher or childcare worker interested in expanding your knowledge of the early childhood field? Do you need to comply with job requirements? Would you like information about the value of earning the CDA credential? If so, please join us for this online information session to learn more about the Child Development Associate (CDA) program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate, offered in partnership with the NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, was created in response to new educational mandates, as well as the need for early childhood professionals to master the knowledge and skills needed to create effective learning environments for children.

Join our webinar on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 1:30pm to 2:00pm to learn about the Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate, the process of applying for admission into the program, as well as information about applying for financial assistance with the Educational Incentive Program (EIP), which is offered by the Professional Development Program (PDP)

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PDI Launches Policy Brief: Building a Pipeline of Successful Early Childhood Teachers

It's official – The PDI has launched our first in a series of Policy Briefs on "Building a Pipeline of Successful Early Childhood Teachers." Please read the following message from our Executive Director, Sherry M. Cleary. We would love your feedback!

"Children need to spend their most critical years with dedicated, educated, trained, and well-compensated teachers in order to thrive in today’s society. Access to excellence in the early years helps to eliminate the achievement gap in school. Research has provided well-established data that shows that the long-term benefits of high quality early childhood education mitigate high school drop-out rates, crime, and low-wage work – positioning society as the prime benefactor.

The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI) is committed to the recruitment of a talented workforce, competency-based teacher education programs and training opportunities, innovative models of technical assistance and support, effective public policy, and adequate funding as integral components of a system that will shape the future of early childhood education. We support the development of innovative approaches to recruit, educate, and support a new cadre of teachers prepared to provide ALL children with access to high quality early childhood education.

The enclosed policy brief is the first in a series that illuminates the challenges, and charts a course to build the next generation of early childhood educators required to meet the needs of our youngest students.  The recommendations of this policy brief and those that follow outline the focus of the PDI’s work plan to build a pipeline of successful early childhood teachers."

- Sherry M. Cleary, Executive Director

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2013 CUNY Early Childhood Faculty Symposium Recap

Faculty colloquium is a time honored tradition and one that we are pleased to convene within the Early Childhood community throughout the City University of New York. As faculty, we are always working towards elevating the science, learning from each other and building our own ability to develop the best teachers of young children the City could ask for.

Please click on the following link to read the highlights from the event


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In the News: September Issue from the Office of Early Learning

Have you read the September Issue of News & Resources from the Office of Early Learning? Here is a quick recap of what you are missing:

  • The Obama Administration released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level competitive grants to improve the quality of early learning and development programs. Applications are due October 16th.
  • Voices from the Field: Hear on the importance of high-quality early learning from John Pepper, Former CEO of Procter and Gamble
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New York Times Article: “Lifelines for Poor Children” by James J. Heckman

In this dynamic article, Heckman reinforces the value of a high quality early education programs and spouts data from both the Perry Preschool Project and the Carolina Abecedarian Project to enhance his arguments of the validity and efficacy of investing in effective early childhood development as a means of economic and social equalizers. Put simply, it pays to invest in effective early childhood programs.

Heckman poses that the hindrance in acting on these initiatives stems from “unfounded doubt” and “fear of doing things differently.” Heckman challenges the American public policy and states that “it is much more effective and cost efficient to create instead of remediate.”

In conclusion, Heckman acknowledges the current shift in American policy with the announcement of President Obama’s early childhood initiative and urges policy makers to “remain true to the evidence of what works—not to the politics of what is convenient.”  

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