Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate 2017 Graduation

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate is the most widely recognized national credential in early childhood education and an important stepping stone on the career pathway for many early childhood educators. In partnership with the Institute, the CDA Certificate is offered at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS). Graduates of the program receive 12 undergraduate college credits and preparation to attain the national CDA Credential. In addition, CUNY SPS has articulation agreements with several CUNY two-year colleges and universities to ensure that students easily transfer the maximum number of credits to these institutions. These colleges include Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College, and Kingsborough Community College.

Last week 53 students graduated from the CUNY SPS CDA Certificate Program (CUNY SPS), their largest class to date! Eight of the graduating students are members of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Head Start Policy Council and we are thrilled to report that all eight parents received employment offers upon their completion of the program.

The Institute commends the forward thinking of ACS in supporting the growth of the early childhood workforce. Join us in congratulating the CDA Class of 2017, the Institute’s Director of Higher Education and Professional Development, Dana Benzo, and the CDA instructors at CUNY SPS for this accomplishment!

To check out the NY1's segment on the CDA parent cohort, click here.

Gender, Sexuality and the Family Workshop Series

During the preschool years, children are beginning to develop their understandings of gender, sexuality, and family. As children discover these concepts, there is little opportunity for early childhood educators and families to talk about the questions and behaviors that come up in their classrooms and homes. The Institute is committed to providing educators, professionals, parents, and family members with the opportunity to explore these questions, gain new resources, and collaboratively develop strategies for working with young children.

The Institute is offering another series of workshops on “Gender, Sexuality, and the Family” designed to spark discussion, facilitate the creation of shared language, and provide educators and families with the resources they need to make their classrooms and homes supportive spaces for the development and exploration of identity. The set of workshops for early childhood educators and professionals will begin on the following dates:

  • Monday, June 19th from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 22nd from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 19th from 9:30-12:30 pm

The workshops can be attended as a series of three or individually. Learn more and RSVP here.

The Aspire Registry May 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 their annual focus group. The team is looking for teachers, directors, family childcare providers, and trainers who can share their experience with the Aspire system. Topics will include use of the New York Works for Children website, The Aspire Registry application process, and social media. This month the Aspire Registry Team also shares their successful completion of the Partnership Eligibility Review process! This means The Aspire Registry can participate in data-related projects at the national level, data from New York State will be used to inform policies that can make major changes to wages, work environment, and the overall view of early childhood in our country! In addition, the newsletter features a spotlight on Linda Beck, a Head Start Teacher at Samaritan/Rensselaer Children’s Center. She shares her favorite part of working with young children and offers advice to fellow early childhood educators.

To read the newsletter, click here.


 

Call for Proposals: The Foundation for Child Development’s 2018 Young Scholars Program

Each year the Foundation for Child Development provides research grants to eligible scholars through its Young Scholars Program (YSP). Currently, YSP supports policy and practice-relevant research that focuses on strengthening the early care and education (ECE) workforce to enhance the quality of early learning experiences for young children. All proposed research should focus on the ways in which the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the ECE workforce can support young children’s growth and development across the birth through age eight continuum. While all applications are welcome, YSP encourages scholars who are from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups themselves to apply, including those who are first-generation college graduates and those from low-income communities.

Holly Schindler is an Assistant Professor in the areas of Early Childhood and Family Studies and Educational Psychology at the University of Washington. She is also a member of the 2016 Young Scholars cohort and shares her experience as a scholar below:

The Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Program is unique in its support of both applicants and scholars and evidences a commitment to “developing the next generation of researchers whose work has the potential to make an impact on the well-being of children and their families.”  At the application stage, I greatly appreciated how the webinars clearly outlined the application process and suggested helpful strategies for developing a strong application. Now, entering the second year of my funded project, “Filming Interactions to Nurture Development: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Strength-Based Video-Coaching Program for Mexican American Fathers”, I feel fortunate to be a part of a network of scholars focused on similar topics and questions. Through this support and the award, the Young Scholars Program has allowed me to launch into an area of study that I care deeply about and that has the potential to impact early care and education. 

Carola Oliva-Olson is an Assistant Professor in the area of Early Childhood Studies at California State University Channel Islands. She is another member of the 2016 Young Scholars cohort and shares her experience as a scholar below:

Receiving this award provided much more than sound research experience. It allowed me to collaborate in various national efforts with policymakers, seasoned researchers, advocates and practitioners in the field of early care and education to work on behalf of children who are dual language learners. Participating in these activities strengthened my research study with Migrant and Regional Head Start preschool dual language learners and supported the advancement of my academic career by promoting my scholarship work.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 3:00pm EST. To learn more about the Young Scholars Program and to apply, click here.

If you have any questions please contact Naomie Macena at ysp@fcd-us.org .  

NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The purpose of the celebration is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. This year the Week of the Young Child is April 24-28, with each day dedicated to a different activity. This includes:

  • Music Monday- Sing, dance, celebrate and learn
  • Tasty Tuesday-Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
  • Work Together Wednesday-Work together, build together, learn together
  • Artsy Thursday-Think problem, solve, create
  • Family Friday-Sharing family stories

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, New York City AEYC is sponsoring a free family day event at the Countee Cullen Library on Saturday, April 29!  For more information, click here.

The Aspire Registry April Newsletter

The Aspire Registry team has released their April 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 New York State Early Learning Guidelines (ELG). This valuable resource is designed for use as a daily reference to support early childhood professionals and improve the quality of early childhood education in New York State. You can access the English and Spanish ELG online here. This month the Aspire Registry team also highlights the benefits of having an Aspire membership card, especially when attending trainings and conferences. In addition, the newsletter features a spotlight on the Institute’s Director of the Higher Education and Professional Development, Dana Benzo! She shares her motivation to work in the early childhood field for over 23 years.

To read the newsletter, click here.


 

The Informal Family Child Care Project March Newsletter

The Informal Family Child Care (IFCC) Project team has released their March newsletter. The newsletter includes the latest IFCC Project news and events, and provides useful resources, tips, and activities for early childhood professionals. It is also translated into Spanish!

In this month’s newsletter, the IFCC team discusses how to have purposeful and intentional interactions with children and establish specific goals for their development and learning. The team also emphasizes a focus on self-care for early childhood professionals. In addition, the newsletter shares the activity of planting seeds and gardening with children to help them develop and learn various skills.

To read the newsletter, click here.

Children in New York City are healthier since the start of Pre-K for All

In a recent article on Chalkbeat New York, Christina Veiga discusses how the launch of Pre-K for All has led to improved health outcomes for low-income children. In a report released this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, using data from 2013 through 2016, researchers found that children eligible for pre-K were more likely to have received immunizations or be screened for infectious diseases, both of which are requirements for enrolling in the city’s programs. The children were also more likely to receive treatment for vision and hearing problems. The researchers suggest that diagnosing and treating chronic health problems earlier could help students feel less overwhelmed in the classroom and communicate with peers and educators more effectively.

To read the article, click here.

The Aspire Registry March 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 the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Annual Conference. The conference includes more than two full days of professional development and the opportunity to connect with others in the early childhood field. This year at the conference, The Institute’s Executive Director, Sherry Cleary, will be delivering the opening keynote! Team members from the Aspire Registry and QUALITYstarsNY will also be facilitating professional development sessions. In addition, the Aspire Registry Team is asking for nominations in this month’s newsletter for individuals in the field of early care and education to be a future “spotlight”.

To read the newsletter, click here.

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.