Sustaining the Recent Growth of QUALITYstarsNY Requires Increased Investment for FY 2025
In 2021, the state allocated $35 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to support the growth of QUALITYstarsNY over three years.
With this historic investment, QUALITYstarsNY will be able to more than double in size and serve 2,250 early childhood programs, but we cannot stop there. The new programs QUALITYstarsNY is currently expanding to support will continue to need its services in the years to come, as will many additional programs, in order to ensure families have increased access to high quality child care across the state. The gains and expansion that this unprecedented funding has provided need to be supported.
The $5 million annual funding that QUALITYstarsNY has been allocated in the NYS state budget since 2017 must be increased if the state is to safeguard program quality – especially as policies are implemented to expand access and affordability for families.
QUALITYstarsNY requests an increase in annual funding from $5 million to $20 million in the New York State budget next year to build a foundation for long-term growth and ensure more early childhood programs, and the families they serve, can benefit from the comprehensive services that QUALITYstarsNY provides to support program quality.