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.

At CloverPatch Early Childhood programs at the Center for Disabilities Services, we believe that every child, in spite of the challenges they may face, deserves access to a quality preschool environment. This generous grant [supported by QUALITYstarsNY] has allowed us to work with our Quality Improvement Specialist and the Capital District Child Care Council to redesign one of our classrooms. Our new classroom provides children opportunities to explore a variety of interests and learning areas. Our teachers and clinicians have remarked at the progress they have already seen in the children in just a few short weeks. Allowing children to have opportunities to explore a variety of interest centers allows them to work on their goals through natural play experiences. Who knows how far our children will grow given this wonderful opportunity! Thank You!!

Program Administrator
CloverPatch Early Childhood Services - Glenville, 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