June/July 2013
Quality is coming to Long Island! QualitystarsNY (QSNY), the state's fledgling quality rating and improvement system, hosted a breakfast for programs participating in QSNY on Long Island. There are currently 354 programs participating across the state, and 14 centers, 4 public schools and 41 family child care providers on Long Island who have signed on. One of the reasons I have been such a strong supporter of QSNY is because it can be a catalyst for learning communities that allow programs to share ideas and resources that save money or improve quality. This forum had the talented Holly Bruno talking about leadership, reminding providers the role they play in the community as a promoter of early learning. They also need to be advocates for QSNY. The design of the system began in 2005, a field test was conducted in 2010 and programs of all types are participating. It's time for the Governor and leadership in the State Legislature to recognize the full value of QSNY to improve quality, inform consumers and build a system of early education that can achieve school readiness and reduce educational inequities.

-Dana Friedman, president, The Early Years Institute
In this Issue
PublicPolicy2Public Policy in Early Childhood Education
"Hillary Clinton, the "Accelerator" and More" - First, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared her dedication to early childhood, including her participation in a national initiative cleverly titled "Too Small to Fail."  "Don't take my word for it," she said, "ask yourself this: Why is it that China is committed to providing 70 percent of its children with three years of preschool by 2020?"  "Here in the United States, she continued, "only half of our children receive early childhood education, and some of it, very honestly, is not of high quality."  Read more
"Early Learning Day of Action" - Advocates throughout the  nation joined in unison on June 5 to support President Obama's Early Learning Initiative, which calls for an investment of $75 billion in early childhood education programs.  The Early Years Institute and Long Island Progressive Coalition coordinated the Long Island event held on June 5. View videos

"Race Is on to Ready Teacher Evaluations in New York City"
 - A state-imposed teacher-evaluation system rolls out in three months, giving teachers and principals limited time to adapt.  (Education Week, 6.11.2013)
Read more


"State Education Committee Considers NCLB Bill" - The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is at a standstill right now due to partisan divisions.  Read more 
HotTopicsHot Topics in the News

"Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes" - Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child has released a new video.  Read more 

"The cure for summer brain drain:  Live a Little" - Tracy Grant, Momspeak Columnist at The Washington Post shares input on how to avoid the summer learning loss or brain drain...first one is "Let them play."  (June 18, 2013)  Read more


"Sesame Street Explores National Parks":  Project Urges Kids to Head Outdoors""Sesame Street" wants kids to take a break from parking it indoors, and head out to a park instead.  According to Rosemarie T. Truglio, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of education and research, "this is very child-focused, stimulating children's natural curiosity and bringing that exploration to the natural environment." (Frazier Moore, a national television columnist at The Association Press, Huff Post Screen Sense, June 4, 2013)

AwardsEYI in the Community
"EYI's STEM Nature Project" 
A Curriculum on Birds of Prey for Age 3 to Grade 3;

The Early Years Institute (EYI) is committed to
helping our youngest students be ready to succeed in school; and, part of that is learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts and processes early in life in order to excel in the future.  EYI developed and piloted an innovative nature-based STEM curriculum that embraces sound research and embeds it in a multi-year curriculum.  On Thursday, June 6, the children experienced an extension of the STEM 16-week curriculum with a walk to fill TLC's bird feeders at Village Hall.  

We know from research that gains made by children in preschool will endure beyond third grade if there is alignment and continuity between what  is taught in preschool and in grades K-3. 
 "Students in Westbury's Pre-K Get School Supplies from EYI"  
Keeping the Learning Going through Summer
On Friday, June 14, The Early Years Institute (EYI) donated over 300 pencil cases to the  students in pre-K at Westbury School District's Dryden Street School. These pencil cases are intended to help maintain what the children have learned throughout the school year while also helping to avoid the "summer slide."  Research studies define the "summer slide" as the academic losses that occur over the summer months. 

EYI's goal was to continue developing fine motor skills through cutting, writing and gluing while school is out. The motivating factor for the donation was based on data from The Early Development Instrument (EDI).  EYI helped bring the EDI to the Westbury School District in 2010 and again in 2012.
(photo from L to R - Dryden Street School Principal Dale Telmer; EYI's Board Chair Dr. Jane Ashdown, Dean, School of Education Adelphi University, Dryden Teacher Ms. Gomez and daughter; Dr. Dana Friedman, EYI's President; and, Angela Jaggar, of Angela and Scott Jaggar Foundation)
EventsAwards and Honors
EYI's Helen Dorado Alessi was honored at the Circulo de la Hispanidad's 33rd Annual spring Gala for her continued commitment to the betterment of Long Island's youth. 

Our Long Island student demographic has changed drastically over the years and has become a very diverse population with different needs.  EYI is helping by developing and implementing programs to help our youngest be better prepared and ready to succeed in school and life.  The event was held at the Garden City Hotel on Friday, May 17. 
  Stella Miller 

EYI's Coalition Coordinator, Stella Miller, will be honored on July 9th at The Woodlands, in Woodbury, by the Oyster Bay Historical Society as one of their "Top Advocates for Outstanding Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education" on Long Island because of her efforts to preserve Long Island's natural history as well as educate the public on the importance of our natural areas.  Stella is currently the President of the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society. 

EventsEYI Welcomes Aboard
Katie Andrews joins EYI as a summer intern from Adelphi University School of Business and brings to us her love and passion for marketing.  She will manage the marketing efforts of EYI's new book entitled, "What If There Was No Color Green?" along with spearheading EYI's first softball fundraiser called "Home Runs for Books" with the Adelphi softball team.  The proceeds of this fundraiser will pay for the donation of  "Green Books" to the pre-K classrooms in Garden City and Westbury to promote early learning of our youngest students.  Katie is an avid softball player for Adelphi and member of the Adelphi Human Resources Society.  She is from a small town in Alabama called Dothan.  Event Details 
LearnPlayPAPPickaPark.org - It's Fun to Explore and Play in Nature
Looking for a great place to spend time with the family? Check-out
EYI's "new" family-friendly website called  Pickapark.org!

A searchable online guide of approximately 700 Long Island parks where you can choose a park by zip code or amenities such as bathrooms, wide pathways for strollers, refreshments, playgrounds and benches.
It's time well spent...reconnecting with nature!
QuoteFavorite Quote
"All of us have moments in our childhood where we come alive for the first time.  And
we go back to those moments and think, 'This is when I became myself."
Rita Dove
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Jane Ashdown, Ph.D.,
Chair, Adelphi University
Warren Rosenfeld, M.D.
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Winthrop-University Hospital
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