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Quality Improvement Specialists Resuming In-Person Visits with Participating Programs

We are pleased to share that as of August 2021, QUALITYstarsNY Quality Improvement Specialists (QI Specialists) have resumed in-person visits with some of their participating programs. The QUALITYstarsNY model of continuous quality improvement relies on regular meetings between QI Specialists and program leaders and staff on-site so they can most effectively offer individualized guidance to help programs realize their aspirations. These face-to-face interactions are key to developing a strong relationship between program leaders and [...]

September 14th, 2021|COVID-19|

Apply for the Fall 2021 Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project

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. After the success of our first two cohorts, [...]

August 27th, 2021|Professional Development|

OCFS Now Accepting Applications for Child Care Stabilization Grant

On July 30, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State will administer nearly $1.1 billion in stabilization grants to support child care providers and enable New York’s families to return to work. This funding will provide direct support to help early childhood programs recover from the devastating impact COVID-19 and stabilize New York’s child care industry. This historic investment is being funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act and the Coronavirus Response [...]

August 3rd, 2021|COVID-19, Featured, NYS News|

Participant Spotlight: Mercy Cares for Kids Video Highlights Importance of Investing in Early Childhood Quality

Mercy Cares for Kids in Albany created a video to highlight the importance of investing in high quality early childhood education supports, such as QUALITYstarsNY. In the video, Executive Director Theresa Joslin and teaching staff explain some of the ways they implement high quality practices in their infant and toddler classrooms and what it means to the children and parents they serve. Ms. Joslin also shares the important role QUALITYstarsNY has played in [...]

July 20th, 2021|Featured, Spotlight|

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Announces $35 Million Expansion of QUALITYstarsNY

On July 6, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the state’s $35 million investment in QUALITYstarsNY to expand our services to more early childhood programs across the state. The announcement was made at an event at Bronx Community College (BCC) Early Childhood Center, which is one of nearly 900 programs currently participating in QUALITYstarsNY. Lt. Governor Hochul was joined at the event by City University of New York (CUNY) Interim Executive Vice Chancellor Dan Lemons, [...]

July 7th, 2021|Featured, NYS News|

QUALITYstarsNY Standards Addendum for COVID-19 Extended until December 31, 2021

In 2020, QUALITYstarsNY issued an emergency addendum to temporarily change evidence requirements for some QUALITYstarsNY Program Standards during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since many programs are still facing immense challenges due to COVID-19, QUALITYstarsNY has extended its emergency addendum to stay in effect until the end of 2021. All programs going through either their first rating or re-rating that submit their Standards Inventory before December 31, 2021 will be scored based on the temporary changes [...]

June 14th, 2021|COVID-19|

Compliance Date for Head Start QRIS Requirement is Sept. 30, 2021

Head Start and Early Head Start programs in New York State have until September 30, 2021 to participate in QUALITYstarsNY, the state’s Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS). In the 2016 revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), the Office of Head Start (OHS) added the requirement that all Head Start/Early Head Start programs, with limited exception, must participate in their state’s QRIS. After several extensions, OHS has set the final deadline to [...]

June 14th, 2021|Featured|

Apply for Cohort 2 of the Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project

UPDATE June, 6, 2021: Participants for cohort 2 of the Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project have been chosen. Thank you to all those who applied. Stay tuned for announcements about future cohorts if you are interested in applying to participate. 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 [...]

May 17th, 2021|Professional Development|

Congratulations to our First Cohort for Completing the Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project

On April 24, 2021, our pilot cohort earned their certificates for successfully completing the Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project. Selected among a highly competitive pool of applicants, these 13 early childhood leaders were the first participants to take part in the 20-hour certificate program, offered by QUALITYstarsNY in partnership with our colleagues at the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Launched in March 2021, the Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project is designed to help early [...]

May 4th, 2021|Professional Development|

QUALITYstarsNY Receives $40 Million Investment in NYS Budget

We have exciting news! The New York State budget, passed last week, made historic investments in New York’s early childhood system. QUALITYstarsNY will receive $40 million funding to sustain and expand our services across the state. This unprecedented funding for our work comes from a $5 million continued investment from the state and $35 million funding from the federal stimulus provided to New York to support early childhood programs. The federal stimulus is a [...]

April 9th, 2021|Announcement, NYS News|
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