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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|

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|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|
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