Benefits of Participating

As New York’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), QUALITYstarsNY provides support and resources to improve and sustain high quality early childhood practices across New York State. We believe that all early childhood educators are committed to the young children they work with and are always intrinsically motivated to improve their practice. QUALITYstarsNY exists because early childhood educators across the state deserve the support to engage in continuous quality improvement.

How QUALITYstarsNY Supports New York’s Early Childhood Programs

Programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY receive access to a range of supports and resources, including:

  • Data-driven assessment to inform the creation of a Quality Improvement Plan, developed by the program in partnership with their Quality Improvement (QI) Specialist

  • Individualized guidance from a QI Specialist—an expert in the field of early childhood education and program management

  • Professional development opportunities and scholarships for staff to pursue higher education degrees, credentials, certificates, and high quality trainings

  • Age-appropriate, high quality furnishings and developmentally-appropriate classroom materials and books

  • And more!

Moreover, there is no cost to programs to participate in QUALITYstarsNY and access these resources.

Expectations for Participants

QUALITYstarsNY will be your partner throughout your quality improvement journey—to guide, support, and set your program up for success. QUALITYstarsNY participants are expected to commit to the participation process, actively engage with their QI Specialist, and work toward the goals they develop in their Quality Improvement Plan.