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The New York State Core Body of Knowledge

The Core Body of Knowledge is designed to help all early childhood professionals including students, directors, teachers, and providers. We encourage all Early Childhood Education higher education faculty members to consider utilizing and incorporating this tools in the new semester. Students can purchase individual books directly or your campus bookstore can place a bulk order to sell. Help improve the quality of early childhood education and the lives of young children by enhancing your students' knowledge and skills with these resources.

The Core Body of Knowledge:

  • Outlines recommended practices for educators and administrators.
  • Can be used as a self-assessment or in conjunction with a performance appraisal with a supervisor, coach, or mentor.
  • Includes a tool to help you chart your professional goals and career development.

Purchase Print Copies of the Core Body of Knowledge

Print, spiral-bound copies of the Core Body of Knowledge are availbale for purchase either online or through our mail-in order form. Prices vary depending on how many books you order, so be sure to select the correct item and price point on either the online or mail-in order form.
$14.00 per book if purchasing 1-18 copies
$12.00 per book if purchasing 19 or more copies
Shipping and Handling included. For all orders, please allow 5-10 business days for processing and shipment.
**Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing some delay in processing orders for publications, so please allow extra time for deliveries.**

Order Online
Online credit card payments are processed by Research Foundation's "Event Payment" application. On the order form page, be sure to select the Core Body of Knowledge at the correct price point for your order size ("1-18" or "19 or more") Once you have selected the book at the desired price point, you will be able to set the exact quantity you would like to order.
For online orders, please note that a minimal payment processing fee will apply.

Print Order Form
Use the mail-in order form if you'd prefer to pay by check, money order or purchase order. Simply print the order form, fill it out, and include payment.

For assistance with ordering, please contact us:
(718) 254-7353 or info@earlychildhoodny.org

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About Goals

Your goals describe specific areas that you are working on (or plan to work on) to improve or maintain the quality of your program. Goals connect your quality improvement work to the QUALITY standards and your rating and allow you to schedule and prioritize chunks of work in your progranm. Goals group together and organize related action items (tasks) and provide a narrative framework to keep you, your program, your QIM and Central Office on the same page.

Goal Scope and Scale

You have a lot of flexibility in developing QI Goals, but some rules of thumb help keep Goals useful, readable, and manageable:

  • Time: A Goal should be achievable roughly within a rating cycle, If you are struggling to put even an estimated end date on a Goal, it may be too broad. Ideally, several Goals will fit (with some overlap) within a rating cycle.
  • Standards: A Goal should roughly fit within a standard subcategory. This is flexible, of course, but if your Goal is spanning multiple standard categories, it may be too broad.
  • A Goal may be too small if it can be accomplished in one or two small steps.
  • A Goal may be too broad if you can't define concisely how you will know when it is complete.
Goal Label

The goal label is simply a brief title that allows you to distinguish this goal from others in a list or report. The more robust description of the Goal comes in the Goal statement below.

Think of it like naming a file on your computer so that later you can recognize it. This label will appear on your goal as a "title" along with your Goal statement, as well as being the identifier in drop-down or selection lists for viewing/using Goals.

Goal Statement

What is your goal?

Goal Rationale / Inspiration

Where did this goal come from? What in your rating and/or conversations about the program led to the development of this Goal? Why is this particular area of quality improvement a priority?

Quality Impact

How will the quality of the program improve? What will be different about the way the program works, looks and feels? How will children, families, the director and staff experience the program differently?

Goal Activity Summary

Summarize / brainstorm the actions you think you'll need to take to accomplish this goal. You'll be defining specific action items as you go, but record the big picture here. What practices will need to change? Who will need to be involved? What will need to be purchased? What training/coaching will be needed?

Goal Existing Resources

What existing strengths and resources will help this goal be successful?

Goal Barriers

What factors, events or concerns might prevent you from accomplishing this goal? If you've attempted to make these changes in the past, what barriers arose and prevented you from following through? What resources or information could help you overcome these barriers and accomplish this goal?

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