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Prekindergarten Collaboration Updates Webinar

Click here to view the recorded webinar, see slides, and other resources

Multigenerational Study of Head Start Shows Significant Gains for Second Generation

  We are pleased to share this Study of Head Start and the accompanying Summary showing significant gains for the second generation:

“It’s important to study this kind of intergenerational impact to understand how programs affect the cycle of poverty,” Gibbs said. “Head Start set the first-generation kids on a different trajectory, and now their kids are better off. I think this is exactly what we hope to do through these kinds of social programs.”

How States Can Improve Child Care Facilities & Physical Spaces Using Federal Relief Dollars

May 2021, Copyright © 2021 NCFN, CLASP, NAEYC,Education Counsel, and NAFCC

UPK Expansion Funding

April 2021, NYS Education Department, Office of Early Learning

NYSED Office of Early Learning Video Series: A Guide for Educators Serving Children in Prek - 2nd Grade

The NYSED values play as an instructional strategy in the early childhood classroom.  The video series includes examples of purposeful, play-based instructional strategies that assist children in developing critical foundational skills. In the early grades, it is particularly important for educators to recognize and provide a balance between individual and group needs, active and quiet times, teacher-directed and child-selected activities, and English and home language development. 

Watch the videos here

New Publication:

New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards: A Resource for School Success

This is the updated version of the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core Learning Standards, published in 2012.  This resource was developed by the New York State Education Department’s Offices of Early Learning and Curriculum and Instruction.  It is intended to be used as a reference tool by teachers, specialists, and administrators working with students who are in a four-year-old prekindergarten program.  

Learn more here

Lieutenant Governor Hochul Pushes for Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care as part of the State's Regional Economic Development Council Round IX Strategy

Read the letter here

“As a mother, I know how important it is to have access to quality child care to help balance responsibilities at work and at home,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “We want to ensure that working families are provided with the resources for safe, accessible and affordable child care. By promoting and investing in child care, we know it can improve women’s participation in the workforce and narrow the gender wage gap.”

For more information on the Regional Councils, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.

New Publication:

Protective Factors and Pyramid Model: Implications for Early Childhood Caregivers and Systems

Created by Prevent Child Abuse New York and the Early Care & Learning Council, the brief identifies the benefits of bridging the connection between the Protective Factors and the Pyramid Model. Implemented together, training increase chid care providers' awareness, understanding, and compassion while providing scientifically-based information and strategies that will strengthen providers' ability to build resilience in children.  


New Publication:

Early Care and Education Services in  New York State for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

Created by the Homeless Work Group within the Coordinated and Responsive Systems Focus Area, this resource can be used in the following ways:

  1. To learn more about programs and services.
  2. To identify the programs and services in your community and fill in the chart.
  3. Share the Early Care and Educational Resources in My Community chart with parents in temporary housing. 

Click here for the full paper. 

NYS Awarded B-5 Grant!

The vision of the New York State Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five project is for every child in New York to be supported by a mixed-delivery system that is informed by parent voice and provides access to high quality, equitable and comprehensive early care and learning environments and services essential for successful development and life success. 

Click here to read more.

Radio Air Time to Discuss Quality Pre-K

Sherry Cleary and Leslie Capello (from QSNY) discuss quality pre-k on WCNY.   

State of Babies Yearbook: 2019

Released by Zero to Three, the first of its kind, the Yearbook compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America's babies to help policymakers and advocates advance policies and budgets that put babies and families first. 

Click here to see the Yearbook.