Why it Works

Position Statement

Children need to spend their most formative years with dedicated, educated, trained, and well-compensated individuals in order to thrive in today's society. The PDI believes this is accomplished with the recruitment of a talented workforce, competency-based teacher education programs, innovative models of technical assistance, dynamic applied research strategies, effective public policy and adequate funding.

Mission and Theory of Action

The mission of the PDI is to support the workforce development of all early childhood educators in New York to ensure a comprehensive and exemplary early childhood system.

We do this by:

  • Analyzing existing problems and barriers to the delivery of excellent early education programs.
  • Strategizing solutions to these problems
  • Leveraging resources to invest in the proposed solutions
  • Acting as a catalyst to bring about necessary change