As City Gears Up for Year Three of its Pre-K Expansion, Applications Hold Steady

In a recent article on Chalkbeat New York, Fabiola Cineas discusses the current status of New York City’s pre-K applications as the city enters its third year of pre-K expansion. As of the article’s publication date, 68,000 New York City families applied for full-day pre-K, which is only 2,000 families below Mayor Bill de Blasio’s original goal of 70,000 children.

To read the article, visit http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2016/03/10/as-city-gears-up-for-year-three-of-its-pre-k-expansion-applications-hold-steady/?utm_source=Master+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=983c28bf81-Rise_Shine_3_11_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23e3b96952-983c28bf81-75533993#.Vua4wvkrKUn

Getting to know Institute Staff: Meet Christina

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Christina Gholson is one of the Institute’s dedicated early childhood career advisors as part of the Career Development Services Center. The Career Development Services Center provides free, comprehensive career development services to all current and aspiring early childhood professionals. Their services include academic planning and advisement, career and vocational assessment, resume preparation, interview and job search strategies, and teacher certification support, including test preparation and tutoring. The Center also sponsors career exploration events known as Dine and Discuss! As a career advisor, Christina provides essential support and guidance to individuals who seek to enter the field of early childhood education and care, as well early childhood professionals who wish to grow in their careers. We asked Christina to share some of her reflections about her work with us.

What is your current role? In your own words, how would you describe the work you do?

I am the Lead Advisor at the Career Development Services Center at the Institute. My role has many branches and touchpoints. The foundation of my work is connecting with current and aspiring educators in New York State to support their career goal mapping. Over the last two years, my focus has encompassed working on the Pre-K Teacher Preparation Project (PKTPP) in concert with the Mayor’s Office and Department of Education. As a result, I work closely with the scholars, coaches, test prep team, and partners of the PKTPP.  Additionally, I build relationships with high performing New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) in the five boroughs; offering professional development workshops and acting as a feeder for high quality teachers into their centers. My future work will involve presenting at the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Conference in April 2016 on Birth-2 Certification Trends in New York State.

What motivated you to become a career advisor?

When I was a Political Science major at Spelman College in the 90’s, I was offered a summer internship as a Teacher Leader and later Site Director for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools. This experience prompted me to change my major to Early Childhood Development and earn my BA and subsequently a M.Ed. with a concentration in Educational Counseling. Now, I have 17 years of experience in the Direct Teaching and Education Administration field, which has been filled with many exciting pathways and adventures.  I am excited to call The Institute my professional home now.

If you could learn a new skill today, what would it be?

Honestly, I am currently working on my creative abilities.  I am learning how to knit and I am trying to reenter my practice as a yogi! In the education field, I am honing my skills as a presenter in higher education.

What brings you joy in your work?

It is extremely gratifying when a client secures the educational role they desire! The job search process is full of emotional and tactical effort by the client. When I can support and guide a client into a long term role that will allow them to grow professionally and witness their joy, I get an immediate boost! On a larger scale, when there are competent and stable teachers in the educational setting, our children have an increased opportunity to obtain their academic objectives and goals. There are many stakeholders. Children are our neediest stakeholders and deserve high quality educators to propel our economy and the greater good.

What do you want to be remembered for in your current role?

I would like to be remembered for my fellowship and ideas as a colleague. With my clients, I would like to be remembered for my compassion, zeal, encouragement, and continued effort.

If you had one piece of advice for a new preschool teacher, what would it be?

Listen to your students. They will guide your lessons, broaden your perspectives, and guide you towards becoming a master teacher. A master teacher remembers to be a student. I would add that it is imperative to create healthy boundaries to avoid burnout and stay rejuvenated in the field.

For more information about the Career Development Services Center, email careeradvisor@earlychildhoodnyc.org or call (718) 254-7735

High Quality Childcare: A Critical Ingredient for Nurturing Success

In a recent post on the Huffington Post Education Blog, Matthew Melmed, Executive Director of Zero to Three, discusses the positive impact of high quality early care and education on future academic and professional success, workforce readiness, social stability and global competitiveness. Melmed frames his discussion around the current presidential election and political climate.

To read the post, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-melmed/high-quality-childcare-a-_b_9258492.html

Join us at NYSAEYC!



On April 7th, 2016, the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) will hold their annual 3-day conference in Rye, NY. The conference will include various educational workshops, exhibit tables, and presentations, including some by Institute staff. This year’s presentations will include two sessions from Sherry M. Cleary, the Institute’s Executive Director, in which she will discuss the Early Childhood Advisory Council’s work with children and families and the future of workforce development and higher education in New York.

Institute staff will be running 16 other workshops and presentations throughout the conference, ranging in topics from the Core Body of Knowledge and the New York State Learning Standards, facilitated by Dana Benzo, to using data to inform classroom instruction and practices presented by the Pre-K Support Team. Amy Ludwig will be presenting on The Aspire Registry, New York’s early childhood workforce registry, and there will be various presentations from the QUALITYstarsNY team on New York’s quality rating and improvement system.

The deadline to register for the 2016 NYSAEYC Annual Conference is April 3rd and the hotel room block will end this Friday, March 11th! For more information about the conference or to register for the conference, please visit http://nysaeyc.org/.

We hope to see you there!

To Inspire Students, First Inspire Teachers

NYC Parents Give Pre-K High Marks in Survey

A recent study of 1,100 families with children enrolled in New York City’s universal pre-K classes reports that 90% of families are happy with the program. The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute is proud to be a partner in NYC’s pre-K workforce initiatives.

Learn more at http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/exclusive-nyc-parents-give-pre-k-high-marks-survey-article-1.2549623?utm_source=Master+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=bbe4cfb310-Rise_Shine_t3_2_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_23e3b96952-bbe4cfb310-75533993

The QUALITYstarsNY Assessment Report is Now Available!

ecacDear Colleagues:

The New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute are pleased to announce the release of the results of the first-ever comparative analysis of performance data on programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY, New York State’s early childhood quality rating and improvement system.

QUALITYstarsNY: New York State’s Bold Step to Ensure Access to Excellence in Early Childhood Education details the results of a three-year assessment of almost 200 programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY. An astonishing 84% of programs that participated improved their quality, based on a series of standards developed by New York’s leading early education researchers and experts. We also saw a 65% increase in the number of programs earning four and five stars, indicating an exceptional level of quality and service for New York’s youngest residents, especially those in low-income families and underserved communities.

QUALITYstarsNY was created to provide children with high quality learning experiences and to ensure that even the most disadvantaged families have access to high-performing programs, a strategy known to mitigate the achievement gap. Once QUALITYstarsNY reaches a critical mass, QUALITYstarsNY ratings will help parents and families to make informed decisions about the early education options available in their communities. More details about QUALITYstarsNY can also be found on the website, www.qualitystarsny.org.

Due to funding constraints, the programs currently enrolled in QUALITYstarsNY represent less than 3% of all early childhood programs in New York. To achieve the greatest improvements in the lives of children, their families, and their neighborhoods and communities, QUALITYstarsNY must grow to scale. With a larger commitment in the state budget, our goal of serving thousands more children and programs across the state, and especially in high needs districts and otherwise underserved regions, could be achieved in just a matter years. The time to invest in QUALITYstarsNY is now. 

We and the entire QUALITYstarsNY team thank you for your interest in this important work and look forward to continuing to grow the program to serve thousands more children across New York.

Sincerely,

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How New York Made Pre-K a Success

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, David L. Kirp discusses New York City’s successful Pre-K for All program. The article focuses on the challenges that New York City overcame to establish a universal pre-kindergarten program that enrolls more children in full-day pre-K programs than any state except Georgia and continues to make quality a priority. Specifically, full-day programs are “staffed by well-trained teachers, supported by experienced coaches and social workers, who know how to talk with, not at, youngsters; a teacher for every 10 or fewer children; a challenging curriculum backed by evidence; and parental involvement.” Furthermore, Kirp argues for a birth through age eight approach to early childhood education and care, and presents New York City’s universal pre-K program as a model for other states.

The Institute supports the Pre-K for All program and is proud to be a partner in helping to develop and support the pre-K workforce needed to serve all of New York City’s four-year-olds and their families. We are helping early childhood leaders and educators learn how to incorporate the use of assessment data to improve child outcomes, as well as providing the coaching support that teachers need to best incorporate what they learn into their practice. Continued support for professional development and teacher coaching will help to ensure that the City’s investments in early childhood continue to pay off into the future.

To read the op-ed, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/opinion/sunday/how-new-york-made-pre-k-a-success.html

More Information about President Obama’s FY2017 Budget and its Investments in Early Childhood

FY2017 Budget blog post

Thanks to our friends at the Early Care and Education Consortium for providing us with this information.

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. 

To read February newsletter, click here: The Aspire Registry February Newsletter 2016