Advocate for Quality
 

Quality Early Education for All of New York's Youngest Learners

On behalf of all QUALITYstarsNY participating programs and the children and families they serve, we would like to thank you for your support of QUALITYstarsNY, New York’s early childhood quality rating and improvement system.

QUALITYstarsNY is growing! With a 68% increase in participating programs between 2015 and 2016 alone, we now work with over 700 programs to create the best learning environments during the most pivotal years of a child's development. That's 45,000 children benefiting from quality early learning experiences. However, that only represents 5% of eligible programs in New York State.

Our goal is to serve at least 80% of center-based child care programs, including Head Start programs and pre-kindergarten classrooms in primary schools, and 25% of family child care homes when fully funded. New York State has provided an excellent start for its children and families in supporting QUALITYstarsNY. Now we need to hold our elected officials accountable on their commitment to quality early care and education throughout New York State.

Take Action Now!

Write to Governor Cuomo to let him know the impact QUALITYstarsNY is making for your program, your family and your community. Below you will find a template letter, which you can personalize with your own thoughts on why quality early childhood education is important for you and your community.

Sample Letter (Word format)

You can also send Governor Cuomo an email or give the Governor's Office a call at (518)474-8390. We want to tell the Governor:

"Thank you for your leadership in supporting the growth of QUALITYstarsNY, New York’s quality rating and improvement system for early childhood programs. Quality early childhood education is critical for the growth and development of New York’s children, and QUALITYstarsNY helps ensure that all programs have the resources and support they need to provide a high level of care. However, with only 5% of programs currently participating, more funding is needed to enroll additional programs across all 62 counties statewide to bring QUALITYstarsNY to scale. Therefore, I ask that you allocate $10 million in funding to QUALITYstarsNY in the FY 18-19 executive budget."

Sign our petition to the Governor in support of QUALITYstarsNY!


Contact Your Local Representatives

Make your voice heard by writing, emailing or calling your legislators and telling them to fully fund QUALITYstarsNY so that every child can have access to QUALITY care and education.

If you are a New York State resident:

Find your Senator by searching https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator or calling (518)455-2800.

Find your Assembly Member by searching http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/ or call (518)455-4100.

Follow us on Social Media

Follow QUALITYstarsNY on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and information about quality early childhood care and education in New York State.

We thank you for supporting us in our efforts to provide the best possible futures for children by championing New York State’s investment in QUALITYstarsNY.