The QUALITYstarsNY community stands in solidarity to acknowledge the loss of lives in Buffalo. As the community comes together to care for one another, we reach out to offer comfort during this time. QUALITYstarsNY Improvement Specialists are poised to support participating programs in Western New York and throughout the state as they work with their young children and families to build communities that value diversity and love.
The United Federation of Teachers has awarded QUALITYstarsNY participant Shante Parrish the Provider Appreciation Award for Outstanding Providers. Shante Parrish is the Owner/Operator Jump for Success, Corp., a group family child care program in the Bronx, NYC.
Did you know child care centers and family providers can receive reimbursement for serving healthy meals and snacks to children in their care? QUALITYstarsNY recently hosted CACFP Information Sessions for family providers and center-based programs to learn about the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a federal program that helps early childhood programs serve nutritious meals to support children's growth and development. Representatives from the New York State Department of Health and Hunger Solutions [...]
By Sarah Gould-Houde, Quality Improvement Specialist for Capital Region I have had the honor and excitement of supporting all modalities of regulated child care serving children from six weeks to five years of age in Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties for the last five years as a Quality Improvement Specialist (QI Specialist) for QUALITYstarsNY. QUALITYstarsNY is New York State’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for early childhood programs. As the state’s [...]
April 20 Update: QUALITYstarsNY has created a new Child Care Deserts Grant webpage with more information about the grant requirement that providers awarded a Child Care Deserts Grant participate in Start with Stars, a project of QUALITYstarsNY. Visit the new webpage to submit questions about QUALITYstarsNY and Start with Stars from individuals interested in applying for the OCFS Child Care Deserts Grant. QUALITYstarsNY will use these questions to create informational materials and develop Information [...]
On January 18, Governor Kathy Hochul released the New York State Executive Budget for fiscal year 2022-2023 (FY 2023). We are pleased to share that the Governor maintained the state’s $5 million funding for QUALITYstarsNY in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year. QUALITYstarsNY thanks the Governor for continuing to demonstrate her strong commitment to young children and families as a champion of New York’s early childhood education system. Sustaining QUALITYstarsNY’s Expansion In [...]
22-Hour Certificate Program for Early Childhood Leaders In partnership with the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, QUALITYstarsNY is offering a 22-hour certificate program for experienced early childhood leaders interested in learning the skills to advance their career, deepen their understanding of high quality early childhood education practices, and position themselves for success as a Quality Improvement Specialist candidate. Update January 26, 2022: The application window is [...]
QUALITYstarsNY has several Quality Standards related to staff trainings that can earn programs points during the rating process. As of April 1, 2022, trainings must be entered into The Aspire Registry for approval in order for programs to earn points for the applicable training Standards. Programs may still earn points toward their rating for trainings that take place before April 1, 2022 that are not entered as approved events in Aspire, as long as [...]