As New York State’s Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) for early childhood programs, QUALITYstarsNY is committed to helping early childhood programs overcome the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19. Many programs across New York State have had to close their doors during the pandemic. To support these programs, QUALITYstarsNY has created a 3-part webinar series to help program leaders prepare to safely welcome back staff, children, and families.

The Considerations for Reopening Series includes webinar recordings, resources, and live webinar sessions that are free and open to all early childhood leaders—you do not need to participate in QUALITYstarsNY to access the series resources or join the webinars. Sessions are designed to be applicable to all types of early childhood programs. The series is also available in both English and Spanish. La serie se ofrecerá en inglés y en español. 

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Live Webinar Schedule

Join QUALITYstarsNY for our live webinar sessions to ask questions and learn from other early childhood program leaders. Sessions will feature a guest speaker from a child care program that has remained open during the pandemic, who will share the insights and discuss how their program adapted under COVID-19.

Part 1: CDC Guidelines to Inform Reopening
1ra Parte: Directrices del CDC para Informar la Reapertura

Explores several aspects of program operations that should be considered when planning to reopen and reviews guidance from the CDC and NYS for child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • July 7 @ 9:00 AM: Part 1 (English) | Register
  • July 7 @ 6:00 PM: 1ra Parte (en español) | Apúntese
  • July 8 @ 6:00 PM: Part 1 (English) | Register

Part 2: Program Policies & Procedures
2da Parte: Políticas y Procedimientos

Examines policies and procedures that programs should review and consider amending when planning to reopen and provides example templates to help with implementation.

  • July 14 @ 9:00 AM: Part 2 (English) | Register
  • July 14 @ 6:00 PM: 2da Parte (en español) | Apúntese
  • July 15 @ 6:00 PM: Part 2 (English) | Register

Part 3: Transitioning to the New Normal
3ra Parte: Haciendo la Transición a la Nueva Normalidad

Plans for transitions back to the program, including how to support the social and emotional needs of staff, children, and families.

  • July 21 @ 9:00 AM: Part 3 (English) | Register
  • July 21 @ 6:00 PM: 3ra Parte (en español) | Apúntese
  • July 22 @ 6:00 PM: Part 3 (English) | Register
  • Register for upcoming live webinars in English or Spanish hosted by QUALITYstarsNY Quality Improvement Specialists.
  • Watch session recordings.
  • Download the session toolkits with accompanying resources and sample materials to help early childhood programs prepare for reopening.