Institute Publications

Browse our collection of guides, books, briefs and other publications aimed at providing high quality, thought provoking information for teachers, families, policy makers and all stakeholders in the field of early childhood.

New Featured Publications

2016 Annual Report
Annual Report for the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute

Throughout this report, you will see that the components of our work intersect with each other. We build systems, we innovate, experiment with, and evaluate new paradigms – all the time with an eye towards implementation, and then we support policy change.This diversity of impact comes from our focus on and deployment of a diverse and talented range of people.


A New Policy Agenda
Recruitment, Induction and Teacher Preparation

This set of policy briefs from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute identifies recommendations to improve recruitment and raise the caliber of early childhood candidates, develop a comprehensive approach to induction and introduces a new approach to early childhood teacher preparation.


Classroom Practice & Professional Development

The Core Body of Knowledge
New York State's Core Competencies for Early Childhood Educators
  • Outlines recommended practices for educators and administrators.
  • Can be used as a self-assessment or in conjunction with a performance appraisal with a supervisor, coach, or mentor.
  • Includes a tool to help you chart your professional goals and career development.

The NYS Early Learning Guidelines
  • Lists the developmental milestones children attain between birth and age 5.
  • A resource to refer to when you want to know how children develop.
  • Provides sample strategies to help you bridge your knowledge of child development to your practice.
  • Available in English y en Español

Partners in Early Learning
A Companion Piece to The NYS Early Learning Guidelines for Families and Teachers

The more you learn together about a child and how she develops and learns, the better you can support her. The New York State Early Learning Guidelines (The Guidelines) can help. Use this document to get started with the Early Learning Guidelines.


The NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core
  • Provides a framework that focuses on learning and development for the 4 year old child.
  • Focuses on the five essential developmental domains.
  • Includes a Sample Instructional Unit and Instructional Unit Template.

The Pathway Guide to New York Early Childhood Teacher Certification

There are several pathways to becoming a New York State certified early childhood education teacher. This booklet is designed to make navigating that process a little simpler.


Connections in Early Learning
A Newsletter for Family Child Care Providers

Produced by our ACS/CUNY Informal Family Child Care project, this periodic newsletter provides information and activities specifically aimed at the work of family child care providers.


Institute Policy & Research

The QUALITYstarsNY Assessment Report
QUALITYstarsNY: New York State's Bold Step to Ensure Access to Excellence in Early Childhood Education

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.


Institute Policy Brief
The Latest: A New Policy Agenda

The policy brief contains policy recommendations for making positive change in the field of early childhood care and education. In latest issue, we present an overview of our workforce policy recommendations. This is the first policy brief in a series the series: "Building the Pipeline for a Successful Early Childhood Workforce in New York."


Learning About the Workforce
A Profile of Early Childhood Educators in New York's Center- and School-Based Programs

To develop a profile of the workforce, we surveyed directors, teachers, and assistant teachers in licensed community- and school-based early childhood centers in New York serving children birth to five years old


Learning About The Learners
An Examination of Training for Early Care and Education Workers in New York

A needs assessment conducted by the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.


The Institute Archive

Early Childhood News (2008 - 2012)
The Institutes Periodic Newsletter for Early Childhood Professionals

Early Childhood News was a periodic publication produced by the institute from 2008 to 2012. Each issue included news from the field, news from the Institute, as well as activities, advice and assistance for early childhood professionals.