Photos and Testimonials
Hear what our participating programs are saying about QUALITYstarsNY!

"QUALITYstarsNY has provided us with another way to assess what we do, make improvements, and give feedback to the state about the process. Working with a consultant has proven to be invaluable, especially when combined with funding for staff training and materials through Quality Scholars."
Barbara Stone Reden, MEd
Director of Early Childhood Services
Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo

"We just received the materials outlined in our quality improvement plan – multicultural books, blocks, and block people/vehicles. I wanted to thank QUALITYstarsNY and say how grateful we are! The materials we have received will surely enhance our children's learning."
Claudia Weje
Assistant Executive Director
Ossining Children's Center – Ossining, NY

Because of QUALITYstarsNY I was able to enroll in a CDA class—something that would not have been financially possible for me otherwise…I have been using what I learn in the class to make changes to my program….I was also able to purchase enough room dividers (using QUALITYstarsNY support grant funds) to make it possible for all the children to nap in one room together. This allowed me to re-arrange my other room to create learning centers. Now I have a quiet area, a block area, manipulative area, and a pretend play area.
Shelly Deutsch
Family Child Care Provider, Shelly's Daycare
Rochester, NY

"QUALITYstarsNY me ha ofrecido la Oportunidad de crècer como profesional permitiendome obtener entrenamientos y estudios de desarrollo infantil como (CDA, CPR& First Aide , Creative Curriculum Infant ,Toddlers & Twos )…Gracias por el Soporte Tecnico cada persona que ha visitado mi daycare me ayudo a conseguir mejor cada dia … Quisiera darles las gracias por mi Especialista Joyce Guimaraes Ella a sido de gran ayuda para mi todas las veces que yo la necesito siempre me a consejado,soportado,asesorado y motivado a Desarrollarme como una Read Translation
"QUALITYstarsNY has offered me the opportunity to grow as a professional by allowing me to participate in trainings and courses in child development (CDA , CPR & First Aide , Creative Curriculum Infant, Toddlers & Twos )…Thank you for the technical support that each person provided every time they visited my day care. This has helped us to improve every day…I would like to thank my QI Specialist Joyce Guimaraes. She has been very helpful every time I needed advice, support, an expert's opinion, and motivation to grow as a professional child care provider." Read Original
Miriam Morgado
Family Child Care Provider
Amor y Paz, Inc. - New Rochelle, NY

"Perhaps the most important part of this process so far has been the collaboration with directors from other Early Childhood programs throughout the city. Each of us has a different perspective due to the peculiarities of the populations we serve. However, we share the same concerns …Every director works long hours and has little contact with other professionals. I look forward to our monthly meetings. The opportunity for us to share ideas and do creative problem solving together helps us all."
Barbara Stone Reden, MEd
Director of Early Childhood Services
Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo

"Thanks to the support from QUALITYstarsNY, the children have more materials to play with than they otherwise would have—not just quantity, but better quality too. I bought a plastic kitchen a while back and it lasted about a week. QSNY allowed me to purchase pretend kitchen furniture from Community Playthings. The children play there all the time and they play with it in all kinds of different ways. Last week they took all the food out of it and turned it into a nursery for babies. Before that, one of the boys used it as a garage for his trucks…The kids had a great time."
Shelly Deutsch
Family Child Care Provider, Shelly's Daycare
Rochester, NY

"I would like to thank QUALITYstarsNY for helping me improve my program to the way it is now. The materials make a huge difference in the learning daily activities for the children, it also gives me and my staff a better and interesting way to teach."
Yohanny Aljandro
Stars of Wonder
Sleepy Hollow, NY

"QUALITYstarsNY has allowed our program to reflect on our pedagogy, compliance to regulatory agencies and the improvement process as the culmination of demonstration of high quality and not to isolate each of those components. As a Montessori program that is NAEYC accredited, we were still able to learn about improving our work in a number of areas to ensure we are providing our families the best care and education."
Claudine Campanelli
Manager
CA Montessori Children's Center, Islandia, NY

Video Interview

Watch the following interviews with Maria Nogueira, Director at Treasure Island in Brooklyn, NY, about the benefits and opportunities her center has experienced through QUALITYstarsNY.

Questions:

  • Why did you want to participate in QUALITYstarsNY?
  • Why have you continued participating in QUALITYstarsNY?

Questions:

  • What was your experience with the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) Evaluation?
  • What was the outcome?
  • What have you changed about your practice as a result?

Film Credits: New York Work's for Children's videographer, Nikki Heyman