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.

QUALITYstarsNY me ha ofrecido la oportunidad de crecer profesionalmente por permitirme participar en entrenamientos y estudios del desarrollo infantil (CDA, CPR y First Aide, Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos). Gracias por el soporte técnico que me ha proveído cada persona que ha visitado mi guardería. Éste soporte nos ha ayudado a mejorar cada día. Quiero agradecer a mi Especialista en Mejoramiento a la Calidad, Joyce Guimaraes. Ella ha sido muy servicial cada vez que yo necesito consejo, soporte, una opini&oactue;n de un experto y la motivación para mejorar profesionalmente como una proveedora de cuidado infantil Read In English
"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 and First Aide, Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and 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 Quality Improvement 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

Family Child Care Provider
Amor y Paz, Inc. - New Rochelle, 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