Considerations for Reopening

Webinar series & resources to support New York's early childhood program leaders with reopening during COVID-19

Considerations for Reopening Series for Early Childhood Programs

To support the many early childhood programs across the state that have had to close their doors during the pandemic, QUALITYstarsNY has created a 3-part webinar series to help program leaders prepare to safely welcome back staff, children, and families. Visit our Considerations for Reopening Series page to register for an upcoming live webinar session, watch session recordings, and download our resource toolkits—all available in both English and Spanish. The series is free and open to all early childhood leaders.

Supporting New York State's Economic Recovery

As New York State's Quality Rating & Improvement System for early childhood programs, QUALITYstarsNY is fully invested in the state's economy recovery. New York's ability to rebuild our workforce in the wake of COVID-19 is dependent on our child care system. In order to return to work, families must have access to child care, yet many programs remain closed as a result of COVID-19. As critical partners in the state's recovery, child care programs need support to reopen and provide quality early care and education under these new and changing circumstances, including the robust services provided by QUALITYstarsNY. Read more about why high quality child care is essential to economic recovery and how our participants have been impacted by the pandemic.

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.