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Spotlight: Collaboration with Inspiration by Quality Improvement Specialist Sarah Gould-Houde

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 [...]

March 3rd, 2022|Spotlight|

Invest in New York: Child Care Deserts Grant Opportunity

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 [...]

February 1st, 2022|Featured, Featured, NYS News, Providers|

Governor Hochul Maintains $5 Million Funding for QUALITYstarsNY in the NYS Budget for FY 2023

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 [...]

January 20th, 2022|Featured, NYS News|

Apply for the Winter/Spring 2022 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. Update January 26, 2022: The application window is [...]

January 19th, 2022|Professional Development|

New Requirement for Training Standards Starting April 1, 2022

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 [...]

December 16th, 2021|Announcement, Professional Development|

Lawmakers visit Exploration Acres as Last Stop on Child Care Listening Tour

On December 1, QUALITYstarsNY participant Exploration Acres hosted lawmakers for the final stop of NYS Senator Jabari Brisport’s state-wide child care listening tour.  Owned and operated by René & Paul Leonard, Exploration Acres is a group family child care program in Granville—located in Washington County in northern New York, which joined QUALITYstarsNY during the pandemic. Their QUALITYstarsNY Quality Improvement Specialist Sarah Gould-Houde also joined for the visit to discuss the importance of quality in early [...]

December 6th, 2021|Featured, NYS News, Spotlight|

The Innovative Daycare hosts Lawmakers on Long Island Stop of the Child Care Listening Tour

On October 27, state lawmakers visited The Innovative Daycare in Freeport, Long Island to learn more about what they are currently experiencing as child care providers in the wake of the pandemic. The Innovative Daycare, a group family child care program owned and operated by Janna Rodriguez, joined QUALITYstarsNY in 2020 during the pandemic. Their Quality Improvement Specialist, Karin Sperb, joined them for the visit to contribute to the discussion and highlight what it [...]

November 1st, 2021|Featured, NYS News, Spotlight|

Greenpoint Garden Playhouse Hosts Lawmakers to Discuss COVID-19 Hardships for Family Providers

On September 29, Greenpoint Garden Playhouse, welcomed New York State lawmakers and community activists for a visit to discuss the hardships of COVID-19 and the importance of supporting providers and families through recovery. Greenpoint Garden Playhouse is a group family child care program in Brooklyn, owned and operated by program Director Kasia Kaim-Goncalves, that has been participating in QUALITYstarsNY since 2019. The visit was part of the first day of a state-wide listening tour [...]

October 4th, 2021|COVID-19, Featured, Spotlight|

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. The application window has closed for the Fall [...]

August 27th, 2021|Professional Development|
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