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New Report Explores Relationship Between Early Learning Work Environment and Program Quality in New York State

QUALITYstarsNY is one of three early childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) profiled in a new report series, Teacher's Voices, by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. The report captures successes and continued opportunity for QUALITYstarsNY to promote positive work environments, while also shining a light on the persistent challenges facing the early learning workforce.

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We're Hiring for QUALITYstarsNY’s Quality Improvement Manager Position

Join our team as the Quality Improvement Manager for QUALITYstarsNY! Lead QUALITYstarsNY's work fostering continuous quality improvement in early care and education across New York State and oversee our team of knowledgeable and passionate Quality Improvement Specialists who provide direct support to our participating programs. The position is based in our Central Office in Brooklyn.

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QUALITYstarsNY Director Discusses Importance of Quality Improvement in Early Child Care on Capitol Pressroom

QUALITYstarsNY Director Leslie Capello and Sherry Cleary, Executive Director of the New York City Early Childhood Professional
Development Institute, discuss the importance of high quality early child care and a birth to five agenda for New York State on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom. Listen to the clip

QUALITYstarsNY Updates Qualifications & Experience Standards for Center-based and School-based Programs

On December 3, 2018, QUALITYstarsNY updated its Qualifications & Experience (Q & E) Standards for Center-based and School-based early childhood programs to better align with the evolving early childhood field and workforce. The new Q & E Standards more appropriately reflect the diversity of educational experiences of early childhood teachers and administrators, while still upholding the research that proves that a workforce with specialized content knowledge in early childhood education is best prepared to promote optimal learning outcomes for young children.

Leslie Capello Appointed New Director of QUALITYstarsNY!

QUALITYstarsNY is pleased to welcome Leslie Capello as the new Director of QUALITYstarsNY. Leslie joins QUALITYstarsNY after serving as the Deputy Director of Early Childhood for Children’s Aid Society in NYC. Prior to her work at Children’s Aid, Leslie served as the Early Head Start Director at Grand Street Settlement and as the Early Head Start Education Director at Educational Alliance. Leslie’s background also includes over 20 years of experience working with birth to five early care and education programs in California in a range of leadership roles, including being a classroom teacher. Leslie’s diverse experience and deep expertise in early care and education make her well suited to lead QUALITYstarsNY during this time of continued growth. We are delighted to welcome her to the QUALITYstarsNY family!

QUALITYstarsNY is Recruiting!

QUALITYstarsNY is rapidly growing and is once again open for recruitment in New York City, increasing capacity to help New York’s highest need communities. If you're an early childhood provider in the South Bronx, East Harlem, Brownsville, Sunset Park, East New York and Staten Island's North Shore, you can express your interest by filling out an Intent-to-Apply form or by joining us for a recruitment session near you!


QUALITYstarsNY Brochure

Download the QUALITYstarsNY brochure (pdf). A visual overview of how QUALITYstarsNY works, and the value that the process has for

Request print copies of the brochure. We encourage you to share the brochure with your colleagues, and the families of the children you serve!

Get Ready for QUALITYstarsNY

Not a currently participating site? Are you interested in learning more about participating? Download the guide to learn what your program can do NOW to get ready for QUALITYstarsNY!

We're currently recruiting, so let us know about your program if you'd like to apply!

QUALITYstarsNY Assessment Report

We are pleased to announce the release of the results of the first-ever comparative analysis of performance data on programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY. 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.

The Aspire Registry: New York State's Workforce Registry

The Aspire Registry is New York's registry for early childhood professionals. Joining has great benefits for both programs and staff, and is also required for participation in QUALITYstarsNY.

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Publications from the ECAC

The NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) has produced three foundational publications for early childhood educators. Access a free electronic copy below or place an order to purchase printed versions.