Quality Early Education for All of New York’s Youngest Learners
The work of QUALITYstarsNY is made possible thanks to annual funding from New York State. We are grateful to the Governor and state lawmakers for investing in QUALITYstarsNY, however, increased funding is needed to sustain our work and expand participation beyond the 5% of New York’s eligible early childhood programs that we currently serve.
Our goal is to serve at least 80% of center-based child care programs, including Head Start programs and pre-kindergarten classrooms in primary schools, and 25% of family child care homes when fully funded. New York State has provided an excellent start for its children and families in supporting QUALITYstarsNY. A stronger state investment is still needed so more children can benefit from high-quality learning environments during the most pivotal years of a child’s development.
How to Support QUALITYstarsNY
Join us in writing to Governor Cuomo to let him know the impact of QUALITYstarsNY and importance of investing in our continued growth across the state.
Mail a letter to Governor Cuomo at the address below. You can also write to the Governor online or contact his office by phone at (518) 474-8390.
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
We want to tell the Governor:
“Thank you for your leadership in supporting the growth of QUALITYstarsNY, New York’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for early childhood programs. High quality early childhood education is critical for the growth and development of New York’s children, and QUALITYstarsNY helps ensure that all programs have the resources and support they need to provide a high level of care and education. However, with only 5% of eligible early childhood programs currently able to participate, more funding is needed to expand support in high-needs communities across the state. Therefore, I ask that you increase New York State’s investment in QUALITYstarsNY by $9 million for a total of $14 million in the fiscal year 2022 Executive Budget.”
Contact Your Local Representatives
Make your voice heard by writing, emailing or calling your legislators and telling them to fully fund QUALITYstarsNY so that every child can have access to QUALITY care and education.
Find your New York State Legislators:
Find your Senator by searching https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator or calling (518) 455-2800.
Find your Assembly Member by searching http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/ or call (518) 455-4100.
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We thank you for supporting us in our efforts to provide the best possible futures for children by championing New York State’s investment in QUALITYstarsNY.