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New Report on New York State Early Learning Workforce Highlights Issues with Compensation and Staff Wellbeing

The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute is committed to building a system that supports the early childhood workforce. Capturing teacher voices, understanding their professional and career development needs, and sharing key information to help policy makers ensures that we nurture a highly effective workforce.  QUALITYstarsNY, the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for […]

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day; Today Early Childhood Teachers Make their Voices Heard about Pay Inequity

Check out a recent article by Elizabeth McCarthy released on on April 11:    Teachers who work for community-based organizations deserve equal pay While teachers in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Oklahoma have been striking to protest their low and stagnant wages, New York has been lauded for offering the highest average salaries for teachers in the nation. […]

Governor Cuomo Supports QUALITYstarsNY for 2018

A message from Sherry M. Cleary, Executive Director: Governor Cuomo’s 2018 budget proposal, released yesterday, includes a funding allocation of $5 million for QUALITYstarsNY for the second year in a row. We are grateful to have the support of the Governor’s office and we honor his commitment to high quality early childhood in New York […]

Governor Cuomo Announces $10.4 Million in State Funding to Support 3-Year-Old Pre-K in 25 High-Need School Districts

Research has consistently demonstrated that the early years of a child’s life have a significant impact on their school success, as well their success later in life. In fact, recent reports indicate that approximately half of the achievement gap is already apparent before children enter the first grade. These findings also suggest that experiencing high-quality […]

Stabilizing New York City’s Child Care Services

The Institute is pleased to welcome a guest contributor, Nilesh Patel, the Director of Labor Relations and Mediation Service for the Day Care Council of New York to share some important news about stabilizing New York City's child care services. The Day Care Council of New York (DCCNY) was created in 1949 by child care […]

The Hechinger Report Early Childhood Series

Although voters have voiced their strong support for access to quality early childhood care and education, the United States continues to fall behind other nations when it comes to investing in young children. In fact, according to a 2012 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the U.S. ranked 35th in school enrollment […]

NYT Letter to the Editor on Accessible Child Care

To the Editor: “The Wages of Child Care” (Business Day, July 13) illuminates the problem: low wages driven by the fact that the burden to pay these wages rests on young families, early in their earning capacity, and grossly inadequate public subsidy rates. The United States needs to make a social policy change by allocating […]

Yes, Preschool Works. Let’s Make it Work for More Children

In a recent article in Medium, Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, discusses the need to move past the debate of whether or not preschool works, and instead focus on innovation, experimentation, and evaluation. Perry argues that research has consistently shown the academic and economic benefits of preschool, especially for disadvantaged […]

Everyone Loves Pre-K, But No One’s Asking the Key Question: How Do We Train Early Educators?

In a recent article of The 74, Conor P. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Researcher of New America's Education Policy Program, discusses the importance of professionalizing the early childhood workforce in order to improve the quality of early childhood care and education nationwide. Dr. Williams frames his argument around the current presidential election, and urges candidates and […]

The $90 Billion Question: Do We Need Government-supplied Daycare?

In a recent article featured in The Washington Post, Danielle Paquette shares the findings of a new report from researchers at the Economic Policy Institute, which discusses the need for universal high-quality daycare nationally. The researchers argue that universal daycare would resolve the growing problem of the high cost of childcare for young families, as […]