This website has been developed by the NYS
Council on Children and Families Head Start Collaboration Project
to support professional development and improve the quality of early childhood
and school-age programs. It is designed to provide a one-stop source of
information for those exploring careers in early childhood and school-age
programs as well as those already working in the field and looking to advance
in their careers. It also contains information that supports the efforts
of program directors and others to improve the quality of their programs.
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A one-stop source of information on careers and career planning in
early childhood and school-age programs.
A listing of the competencies that people working with children birth
to age eight need to provide high quality services.
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Information on programs that have been established to improve the competencies
of people working with children and their families including: Children's
Program Administrator Credential, NYS Early Learning Trainer Credential, Family Child Care Credential, Family Development Credential,
Infant and Toddler Care and Education Credential, and the School-age
Child Care Credential.
Easily searchable databases where you can find out information on degree
programs related to early care and education available at colleges and
universities in New York State, statewide training resources, and Credentialed
early care and education trainers.
A database that allows the user to obtain information on program quality
by comparing five different sets of standards by topic area.
A database providing information on innovative regional and community-based
initiatives designed to improve the access and quality of supports and
services for young children and their families.
QUALITYstarsNY is a Quality Rating and Improvement System being
developed by New York State for early care and education programs.
The system, once implemented, will recognize, encourage and reward
improving the quality of all settings in the state where children are
learning every day. Click here for more information about QUALITYstarsNY.
PLEASE NOTE: QUALITYstarsNY is still
in the planning phase.
A listing with links to the websites of several national and state
organizations of interest to people in early childhood and school-age