Issue Three
April 2011

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Early Childhood Advisory Council Updates  

In This Issue
NYS Early Learning
Alignment Brief
QSNY Statewide Videoconference
Celebrate Children's
Mental Health

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Greetings! In this issue we are proud to unveil the New York State Early Learning Alignment Brief. Get a sneak peek at this groundbreaking document that demonstrates how the Prekindergarten Standards, Head Start Framework and Early Learning Guidelines are aligned. Also in this issue, we highlight some upcoming events that focus on critical developments of interest to the early childhood community and its supporters. Happy Spring! As we spring forward in moving the early childhood agenda in New York State. 

Hot off the Press!

NYS Early Learning Alignment 

The New York State Learning Alignment Brief is here! 

Click here to see how the domains
of the Head Start Framework,  Prekindergarten Standards, and Early Learning Guidelines have consistent expectations for children's growth and learning. Together they are commonly linked and all are designed to foster high quality learning environments for children in New York State, regardless of what program the child attends.


Statewide Videoconference for QUALITYstarsNY

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Over 30 downlink locations all over New York State! 


Go to 

to register for the location most convenient to you!


Target Audience    

Licensors, Registrars, Pre-K Administrators, Resource and Referral agency staff, CSEA field representatives, Policy makers, Stakeholders and others interested in young children. 


Please join us for a statewide videoconference about QUALITYstarsNY.  The purpose of this event is to communicate with interested colleagues about New York's quality rating and improvement system. Hear first-hand from leaders in the field of early care and education in New York State about the importance of QUALITYstarsNY and the opportunities it offers.  Results from the recent Field Test are in!

  • What did we learn?
  • What happens now?
  • How can we get ready for statewide implementation?

Special Guests Include

  • Janice Molnar, Deputy Commissioner, OCFS, Co-Chair ECAC Quality Improvement Work Group 
  • Anne Mitchell,  Early Childhood Policy Research, Co-Chair ECAC Quality Improvement Work Group 
  • Sherry Cleary, Executive Director, NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, Co-Chair Early Childhood Advisory Council  
  • Ola Friday, Project Coordinator, NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute

 If you have questions or need more information, check out 

or contact:


Save the Date

Celebration of Children's Mental Health

Families Together in New York State and New York State Office of Mental Health, Division of Families, are coordinating a forum and awards ceremony to honor innovation in promoting children's social-emotional development.


What's Great in Our State: A Forum to
Celebrate Children's Mental Health  

Monday, May 9th

10:00 - 12:30 p.m.
NYS Museum, Huxley Auditorium in Albany 


Please join OMH Commissioner Michael Hogan, Senator Kristen Gillibrand, and selected speakers to support programs that have demonstrated success with early identification and intervention with children and families.

To register, please contact Britt Myrhol-Clarke at: 


Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood Advisory Council. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at:


Regina Canuso

Project Manager 

NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council

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