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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.

In 2021, New York State allocated $35 million to QUALITYstarsNY from the federal funds provided in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This funding, which will be administered over three years by the Office of Child and Family Services, is a historic investment that will allow QUALITYstarsNY to significantly expand its support and services to many more early childhood programs across New York State.

The new investment is a significant first step in expanding QUALITYstarsNY; however, there is much to make up for following several years of flat funding for QUALITYstarsNY in the New York State budget. The new funding aimed at ensuring a healthy recovery from the damage of the pandemic, provides the opportunity for the state to proactively position QUALITYstarsNY to have the most profound impact on early childhood quality in New York in the years to come.  Building the state’s base of funding for QUALITYstarsNY now will guarantee a strong and successful project into the future.

How to Support QUALITYstarsNY

Join us in writing to Governor Hochul to let her know the impact of QUALITYstarsNY and importance of investing in our continued growth across the state.

Mail a letter to Governor Hochul at the address below. You can also write to the Governor online or contact her office by phone at (518) 474-8390.

The Honorable Kathy Hochul
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. I ask that you increase New York State’s annual investment in QUALITYstarsNY from $5 million to $20 million for fiscal year 2022-2023 to build a foundation for long term growth and to ensure that more early childhood programs like mine, and the families we serve, can benefit from the comprehensive support that QUALITystarsNY provides.”

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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Follow QUALITYstarsNY on Facebook and Twitter for program updates and information about quality early childhood care and education in New York State.

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.