Free Job Search Workshops For Early Childhood Professionals!

Maloune Samuel

Finding a job is hard work!  That statement is no less true for early childhood professionals as it is for other job seekers.  In fact, in the field of early childhood, where the intentional development of career plans and goals are not always prioritized, it may even be more challenging.

To address these challenges, the Institute’s Career Development Services Center has developed a series of job search workshops as part of the comprehensive system of resources and supports specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals who are interested in working with young children and their families – both inside and outside of the classroom!

The Career Center’s team supports attendees in developing a better understanding of the importance of building an effective resume and cover letter; which is an essential part of any successful job search. Skills, such as, identifying and prioritizing the most effective job search strategies, while simultaneously developing personal action plans for finding, a job are also be demonstrated.

Whether unemployed, under-employed, career changers, veterans or new to the field these sessions help job seekers learn how to coordinate a productive and effective job search.  Attendees leave each session with a new network of fellow early childhood professionals as well as the basic tools necessary to successfully market themselves to a potential employer – increasing their chance of being made a job offer.

The workshops are interactive, motivating, and fun! Individuals who attend the job search workshops and apply what they learn are able to shorten the time they spend looking for work and have increased confidence in their ability to successfully achieve their career goals.

For more information about attending this exciting line-up of workshops, where early childhood professionals can network with colleagues while advancing career goals, click here.

Please contact our Hotline,

718-254-7735, for more information.

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC)

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) of New York State has established a standard used to measure program management and leadership abilities of early childhood and school-age program administrators. The credential was developed by The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children and may be earned by both new and experienced administrators who desire to be more effective leaders. This includes center directors, educational directors, administrative directors, executive directors, site supervisors, and teachers. The credential is a recognition of competence that is above and beyond college coursework and also serves as a measure of individual professional achievement.

In New York, the 18 credit-graduate program is designed to provide early childhood administrators with the management and leadership competencies to create high quality environments for the children and families they serve. The courses were developed by The Institute and are offered online at the CUNY School of Professional Studies!

The topic areas that reflect the competencies New York State requires to meet the criteria of the CPAC Credential are: administering children’s programs, financial planning and management of children’s programs, operations management in children’s programs, external environment and children’s programs, and designing programs that are good for children and families, culminating in a seminar in children’s program administration.

If you are currently working as an administrator of an early childhood and school-age program, and are interested in obtaining the CPAC Credential, the only prerequisite at the CUNY School of Professional Studies is to have a bachelor’s degree. In order to obtain the credential students need to have 18 credits in early childhood, child development, or related courses verified in The Aspire Registry, in addition to the 18 CPAC credits described in this post. If eligible, the first step in obtaining the CPAC certificate is completing your profile on The Aspire Registry and receiving your Career Ladder Level.

For more information about the CPAC please click here.

The New York State Parent Guide-March Webinar

What new parent hasn't wished that a baby came with an instruction manual? While the New York State Council on Children and Families' new Parent Guide is not exactly an owner's manual, it's a close second. The Parent Guide — Starting Life Together: Your Guide for Building a Nurturing, Healthy Relationship with Your Child — offers key parenting tips, before and after your child arrives, up to age five. 

The Parenting Guide focuses on five key parenting behaviors: nurturing, protecting, guiding, communicating and supporting children's curiosity and learning. Expectant mothers can access important advice on exercise, nutrition and other healthy habits during pregnancy. Parents will find information on typical behavior for the age of their child and fun ways to encourage their child's healthy development. Included are valuable resources on safe sleep, use of car seats, breastfeeding and dental care, among others.

The website can be translated into hundreds of known written languages with a click of a button. Offering NY families consistent, research-based parenting & child development information in one spot in many languages!

 Come learn how you can help your friends, clients and neighbors find important information on how to obtain health insurance; locate child care and preschool, parent education and support programs. 

Wednesday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register here




The Aspire Registry February Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their February newsletter. For more than a year now, the Aspire Registry Newsletter has discussed the latest Registry news and events, and highlighted the work of New York professionals in the field of early childhood. The newsletter also provides information about useful resources and tips for early childhood professionals. Each month, the newsletter is distributed to over 25,000 Aspire Registry members, a number that continues to grow.

In this month’s newsletter The Aspire Registry team discusses how early childhood educators can use the Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) to grow and refine their practice. You can access the CBK online here. The Institute currently has a social media series that is exploring the Core Body of Knowledge – you can follow along on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well.

This month the Aspire Registry Team is also working on collecting testimonials to get a sense of how members are using The Aspire Registry and what they think about the system. In addition, the newsletter features a spotlight on Beth Sparks, the Early Childhood Education Coordinator and Jamestown Community College and founder of Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center. She shares why she has devoted her life to young children and one of her favorite moments in the classroom.

To read the newsletter, click here.

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 early childhood educators, offering a road map for building meaningful relationships with children, families and colleagues, for creating nurturing, stimulating environments, and for developing oneself as a professional in this incredibly important field. This document was also written for professionals who work directly with training organizations, teacher education programs, those involved with policy and advocacy initiative, those involved with professional development systems, and any others working to elevate this field and improve the quality of early childhood education.

This Tuesday, 2/7/17, our “Explore the Core Body of Knowledge Series” will kick off and we will be posting snapshots of the CBK twice a week. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter to receive these updates!

The Rise of Play

The Aspire Registry January Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their January newsletter. For more than a year now, the Aspire Registry Newsletter has discussed the latest Registry news and events, and highlighted the work of New York professionals in the field of early childhood. The newsletter also provides information about useful resources and tips for early childhood professionals. Each month, the newsletter is distributed to over 25,000 Aspire Registry members, a number that continues to grow.

In this month’s newsletter The Aspire Registry team discusses the difference between training and professional development. The Aspire Registry team also highlights their Statewide Training Calendar which allows members to find professional development by searching for trainings by topic, age group, or a specific trainer they have liked in the past. Lastly, the newsletter features a spotlight on the Institute’s Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Amy Ludwig! She shares how she realized her passion for early childhood education and her experience as part of the Aspire Registry team.

To read the newsletter, click here.


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.   

Getting to know the Institute Staff: Meet Kate

Kate Tarrant is the Institute’s Director of Research and Evaluation. A central function of her work is facilitating the NYC Early Childhood Research Network , which funds research projects that examine the early care and education workforce of New York City’s universal prekindergarten programs in partnership with the Foundation for Child Development. We asked Kate 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?

As the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Institute, my work falls into two buckets. First, I facilitate the NYC Early Childhood Research Network. The Research Network is a group of policymakers and early care and education researchers who are currently investigating the implementation of Pre-K for All with a particular focus on the early childhood educators and teaching practices. The research is designed to inform policy about early childhood education at all levels, especially since so much of NYC’s Pre-K is in sites with many different aged children. It’s my job to support their collaboration. The second major category of my work is to bring research and evaluation capacity to the Institute. This takes place in a number of ways. I design and conduct evaluations of some specific projects and then I also work with our other initiatives to do strategic planning about ways that we can track, improve, and showcase our work.

Who do you work most closely with at the Institute? What outside partners/organizations do you work with?

I am fortunate that I get to work closely with a lot of people within the Institute and with outside partners as well. Since I support research and evaluation activities across all of the Institute’s initiatives, I partner with all of the Directors. I am also currently evaluating our New York Public Library professional development project and so I am working closely with Helen Frazier, Director of Early Childhood, who is leading that work. I am lucky to work with many outside partners through the Research Network, including the early childhood leaders at ACS, DOE, and DOHMH, as well as early childhood faculty from the major universities and colleges throughout the metropolitan area.

What motivated you to work in the early childhood field?

I think the early childhood bug bit me when I was in high school and worked at a day camp as a counselor for four-year-old children. Since then, I’ve always wanted to work with children and families. My career in the early childhood field began about 15 years ago at an organization that advocated for young children’s safety, health, and wellbeing. In that role, I saw the importance of connecting research, practice, and policy and how a comprehensive approach to early childhood policy and practice had the potential to level the playing field and support children and families. Since that time, I have been committed to working toward that vision. I stay motivated because I’ve seen a lot of progress in policy and research focused on providing children from families who are economically disadvantaged with access to quality early learning. There are so many smart and dedicated people working hard toward the goal of providing children from birth through age eight with enriching and nurturing childhoods—but there is so much more to do!

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

That’s a hard question. There is so much I’d like to learn. Learning how to play an instrument would be at the top of my list, I love to dance and listen to music, and when my children were babies, singing and listening to music became a huge part of our daily lives. It's therapeutic and inspirational. A close second would be to learn how to speak Spanish fluently.

What brings you joy in your work?

I really enjoy working with and learning from people who are dedicated to young children’s wellbeing. I feel like anyone who is involved in helping young children thrive has an important perspective. With my work, I try to elevate voices from the field to make more responsive early childhood policy.

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

Take care of yourself and have fun. For me, the best way to do that has been through supportive relationships with my colleagues who I can laugh with, vent to, and learn from.

The Aspire Registry December Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their December newsletter. For more than a year now, the Aspire Registry Newsletter has discussed the latest Registry news and events, and highlighted the work of New York professionals in the field of early childhood. The newsletter also provides information about useful resources and tips for early childhood professionals. Each month, the newsletter is distributed to over 25,000 Aspire Registry members, a number that continues to grow.

In this month’s newsletter The Aspire Registry team shares a year in review reflecting on their many accomplishments! One highlight is that the number of Aspire members continue to grow which means many early childhood professionals are taking charge of their career growth and professional development using the tools available in the registry. Additionally the Aspire Registry team discusses their Facebook page where they interact with their members and post all things related to early childhood topics every weekday! They include a link to their Facebook page in the newsletter. Lastly, the newsletter features a spotlight on Rebeca Filion who is the director at Champlain Children’s Learning Center, Inc. She shares how she thought she would move on to teach elementary school and what led her to stay in child care.

To read the newsletter, click here