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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 voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System for early childhood programs.

In 2018, we reached a new milestone with more than 800 programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY. The 55,000 children served by these programs are benefiting from quality early learning experiences. Even with our growth in recent years, programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY still only represents four percent 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. A stronger state investment is still needed so more children can benefit from high quality learning environments during the most pivotal years of a child's development.

Take Action Now!

Join us in writing to Governor Cuomo to let him know the impact of QUALITYstarsNY and importance of investing in our continued growth across the state.

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 four percent of programs currently participating, more funding is needed to enroll additional programs across the state. Therefore, I ask that you allocate $10 million in funding to QUALITYstarsNY in the fiscal year 2019-2020 Executive Budget."

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.

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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.