COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Guidance for early childhood providers from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Early Childhood Providers

During the current health crisis, guidance for early care and education professionals is changing rapidly. To make it easier for New York’s early childhood community to track and access important updates, the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute has created a collection of COVID-19 resources from national and state organizations and governmental agencies. Check out the COVID-19 Updates page on the Institute blog.

QUALITYstarsNY Operations During COVID-19

QUALITYstarsNY remains open to support our participating early childhood programs across New York State during the COVID-19 crisis. The health and well-being of our participants and the early childhood community is our first priority. If you are a current QUALITYstarsNY participant, please note that deadlines related to QUALITYstarsNY participation and ratings remain flexible during this time. If you have questions related to your participation, please contact your Quality Improvement Specialist. For those interested in joining QUALITYstarsNY, we will continue to host virtual Information & Recruitment Sessions and expand participation as resources are available.

New York State Budget for FY 2021 Maintains State’s $5 Million Investment in QUALITYstarsNY

In April, the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo worked together to pass the New York State budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 (FY 21) amidst the COVID-19 crisis. We are pleased to share that the enacted FY 21 budget maintains the state’s $5 million annual funding for QUALITYstarsNY. This critical funding will allow us to continue to support the hundreds of early childhood programs that we currently serve across New York State. Read our statement on the budget passage.

Join our Team of Quality Improvement Specialists!

Provide one-on-one support and expertise to help QUALITYstarsNY’s participating early childhood programs improve their quality and better serve the children and families in their care. We currently have an openings for Quality Improvement Specialists in NYC, Capital District, Mohawk Valley, and Chautauqua. Learn more and apply.


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.

Start or update your organization account   |   Learn more about The Aspire Registry

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.