Photos and Testimonials

Learning Environment Enhancements and Transformations

The spaces where children play and grow should be welcoming and engaging and encourage activities that foster learning and joy. Quality materials, furnishings and equipment play a key role in not only keeping children safe and healthy, but also promoting positive development. Check out some of the many ways in which programs have leveraged QUALITYstarsNY funding to transform their learning environments.

Hear from our Programs

Interested in what providers have to say about their collaboration with QUALITYstarsNY? Current participants share their experiences and insights by providing specific examples about how working with QUALITYstarsNY has improved the quality of their programs and the early learning experiences they offer to children and families.

"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."

Family Child Care Provider,
Shelly's Daycare - Rochester, NY

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Participant Videos & Interviews

Want more? 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.


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


  • 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