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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|

Governor’s NYS FY 2022 Executive Budget Maintains Funding for QUALITYstarsNY

Help us Thank Governor Cuomo! We are pleased to share that Governor Cuomo maintained New York State’s investment in QUALITYstarsNY in his proposed Executive Budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 (FY 2022). During a year when New York is grappling with a budget deficit and significant strain on state services and economic sectors resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, we are sincerely grateful to the Governor for recognizing the importance of protecting the quality of our [...]

March 9th, 2021|NYS News|

Thank You to Contributors of our Considerations for Reopening Series

Thousands of early childhood leaders and educators across the state joined us in 2020 for our Considerations for Reopening Webinar Series. The multi-part series was developed to support New York’s early childhood programs with planning and policy and practice implementation so they could reopen their doors and safely serve children during the pandemic. Our sincere gratitude goes out to our participants who contributed to our English and Spanish sessions to share as a guest [...]

March 5th, 2021|Spotlight|

Staten Island Participants Celebrate Read Across America Day with Virtual Event

On March 2, QUALITYstarsNY participants on Staten Island took part in Read Across America Day, the national day promoting children's reading celebrated annually on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Quality Improvement Specialist Simone Taylor hosted a virtual event, where teachers logged from their classrooms to watch Simone read to their children. “As an early childhood teacher, I always found fun and creative ways to celebrate Read Across America with my students.  This year, [...]

March 2nd, 2021|Spotlight|

Apply for our Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project

New Certificate Program for Early Childhood Leaders Through this new opportunity, early childhood leaders can develop a diverse skillset to excel in their career and position themselves for success in a Quality Improvement Specialist role with QUALITYstarsNY. MARCH 2021 UPDATE: The application window for the QI Specialist Pilot Pipeline Project has closed. We encourage interested candidates to apply in the future if we are able to offer this [...]

February 1st, 2021|Professional Development|

QUALITYstarsNY Launches New Website

QUALITYstarsNY has launched a newly redesigned website! As New York State’s Quality Rating & Improvement System for early childhood, QUALITYstarsNY strives to provide critical information to the early childhood community that ensures educators can create high quality programs and families can trust the level of quality in the programs they choose. The new is designed to be easy-to-use with new content and enhanced features for providers, parents, and stakeholders across New York’s early childhood [...]

January 30th, 2021|Announcement|

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for New York’s Early Childhood Educators

As of Monday, January 11, 2020, the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for all early childhood educators in New York State. New Yorkers eligible for the vaccine include: P-12 Schools: P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers) Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers) Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group: [...]

January 11th, 2021|COVID-19, NYS News|

Q&A with Kathy Siragusa, our New Quality Improvement Specialist for Chautauqua

Kathy Siragusa has been involved in the early childhood field for 30 years. Before joining QUALITYstarsNY, Kathy taught in a variety of Chautauqua County schools and child care centers, as a toddler teacher, a UPK teacher and public school teacher. Kathy has supported children, families and teachers as a school age coordinator and child care center program director. Additionally, she has worked with the teacher education programs at Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia as an adjunct instructor and cooperating teacher. Kathy holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Fredonia, and earned an Associate of Arts in Social Sciences from Jamestown Community College. She has also served as a board member for the Chautauqua County Chapter of New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC).

December 10th, 2020|Featured, Meet the Team|
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