Thousands of early childhood leaders and educators across the state joined us in 2020 for our Considerations for Reopening Webinar Series. The multi-part series was developed to support New York’s early childhood programs with planning and policy and practice implementation so they could reopen their doors and safely serve children during the pandemic.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to our participants who contributed to our English and Spanish sessions to share as a guest speaker and/or provide pictures and examples of their program practices during COVID-19. At the time when we were hosting our Considerations for Reopening sessions, only 27 percent of our more than 800 participating programs were serving children on-site. Thanks to these volunteers, attendees walked away with actionable information grounded in real-life examples of how to safely operate and adopt quality practices while adhering to the new emergency health and safety requirements.

Thank you to all contributors who made the Considerations for Reopening Series possible!

Dana Benzo
Clough Pre-k Center | Rome

Carol Berry
Erwin Child & Family Center | Painted Post

Stacie Boelkins
Christ the King Early Childhood Education Center | Albany

Tracy Bourdon
Tender Hearts Day Care | Minoa

Tami Callister
Kids Express and Achievements | Watervliet

Elaine DeBona
Uniondale School District | Baldwin

Paula Detar
Corning Children’s Center | Corning

Beth Doris
The YMCA of the Capital District | Scotia

Yanery Escorbores
Hope of the Future 3 | Woodhaven

Rebecca Fitch
YWCA of Schenectady | Schenectady

Cathy Halayko
Bethlehem Preschool | Glenmont

Cheryl Gonzales
Staten Island Mental Health Head Start | Staten Island

Mary Goodwill
Mary’s Little Lambs | Buffalo

Dora Guerra
ABC Three Sons | Westbury

Solange Gutierrez
Solange’s Family Day Care | Bronx

Nancy Johnson
YWCA of Schenectady | Schenectady

Theresa Joslin
Mercy Cares for Kids | Albany

Beatrice Key
Key to Little Hearts GFDC | Brentwood

Tara Kochanskyj
Bloom Early Learning | Moriches

Liz Lowy
Central Park Montessori | New York

Tara Marshall
Gams High Tech Magnet School | Newburgh

Cheryl Misiewicz
Capital District YMCA | Duanesburgh

Eri Noguchi
Association to Benefit Children | New York

Dani Paige
Academic Explorers | Roosevelt

Mary Lynn Perez
ABCD Fredonia | Fredonia

Amy Piper
Wheelock Early Childhood Center | Fredonia

Shannan Ramsay
Step with Purpose GFDC | Brooklyn

Victory Riedy
Club Fed Child Care | Albany

Pepper Robinson
Five Towns Early Learning | Inwood

Denise Secor
Children’s Place at the Plaza | Albany

Linda Stothoff
First Steps Early Childhood Center | Woodstock

Rosa Suriel
Rosa’s Playhouse | Freeport

Kierstin Wielt
Pineview Preschool | Albany

Colleen Wuest
Madison-Oneida BOCES | Verona

Dora Valladares
Growing Together Group Family Day Care | Brooklyn