New Report on the State of America’s Children

The Children's Defense Fund has released its State of America's Children report. The report includes stories, statistics, data and trends that show how children across the country are without the basic building blocks they need to thrive.  In addition, the report provides state-by-state fact sheets to explore data for the children living in each state, […]

NYC Comptroller Releases New Plan to Improve Infant and Toddler Child Care

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a new plan to improve services for children from birth to age three in NYC. The plan, NYC Under 3, examines the current state of child care in the city and puts forth a series of policy recommendations to address current issues related to affordability, availability, and […]

New Research Explores Instructional Leadership in NYC’s Pre-K for All

The Institute’s New York City Early Childhood Research Network brings research scientists and public agency leaders together to learn from each other, conduct research, and consider findings and their implications for public policy. A new Research Network study conducted by researchers from  Bank Street Center on Culture, Race & Equity and National Center for Children […]

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 […]

Pre-K for All: New study recommends ways to bring universal quality to universal access

The Institute’s New York City Early Childhood Research Network brings research scientists and public agency leaders together to learn from each other, conduct research and consider findings and their implications for public policy. Columbia University’s National Center for Children and Families at Teacher College, one of the Network’s research teams, have released their study that […]

Teachers Speak Out

This week, Defending the Early Years (DEY) launched its two-minute documentary, “Teachers Speak Out”. In this first mini-documentary, public school kindergarten teacher, Bianca Tanis, discusses the hijacking of early education and the growing crisis among early learners. Too many children are being identified as having special needs or behavioral issues when they simply need to […]

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. […]

The Disappearance of Child-Directed Activities and Teachers’ Autonomy

A recent report released from Defending the Early Years documents survey results of kindergarten teachers about the disappearance of child-directed activities. The report finds that schools in the wealthiest and poorest school districts in Massachusetts have reduced the amount of time kindergartners have for child-directed activities such as free play, rest, recess, snack and lunch. […]

The Aspire Registry: Member of the National Workforce Registry Alliance

The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute staffs New York Works for Children and its flagship service: The Aspire Registry. The Aspire Registry, led by Louisa Higgins and Diana Diaz, is New York State’s workforce database and statewide training calendar for early childhood and school-age professionals. Teachers, providers, directors, trainers, and anyone who works […]

Call for Proposals: The Foundation for Child Development’s 2018 Young Scholars Program

Each year the Foundation for Child Development provides research grants to eligible scholars through its Young Scholars Program (YSP). Currently, YSP supports policy and practice-relevant research that focuses on strengthening the early care and education (ECE) workforce to enhance the quality of early learning experiences for young children. All proposed research should focus on the […]