Hi there! It's been a while since our last newsletter and so we have much to share. Read on to learn about some of the exciting recent developments that have been taking place here at QUALITYstarsNY and about the commitment our participants have demonstrated in improving the quality of their early childhood programs! 

Implementation Update

Re-rating: Over the summer and into the fall, QUALITYstarsNY will begin an abbreviated re-rating of participating sites. During this time, participants will be able to submit documentation for standards that they did not meet during the 2013 rating period. The abbreviated re-rating will also incorporate any new program staff information from Aspire, New York's Registry for Early Childhood Professionals.  New Environment Rating Scale (ERS) observations will be conducted for sites that were Provisionally Rated from 3-5 stars in early 2015.
Troy Project: Thanks to funding from the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, QUALITYstarsNY, with the help of the Capital District Child Care Council, will be recruiting additional programs from Rensselaer County to participate in full implementation.  Beginning in July 2014, 15 programs and providers from Troy, NY will be recruited. Over the next three years, additional programs will be recruited from other parts of Rensselaer County. Click here to read press on the Troy Project.

New Resources for Families & Providers

We are excited to announce the release of the QUALITYstarsNY brochure, A Guide for Parents & Families: Choosing a quality early care and learning program. The brochure highlights the importance of choosing programs that are committed to quality and outlines key indicators that are aligned with the QUALITYstarsNY Program Standards.  The brochure also provides guidance and suggestions to families for how to partner with their providers to support the needs of their child, both at home and in the classroom. 


Click here to download a copy of this fantastic new resource. Or, visit our website to request a hard copy. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.


We are also pleased to announce the launch of the family portal on the QUALITYstarsNY website where families will find information above and beyond what we could fit in the brochure! 

Presentation to the Board of Regents


QUALITYstarsNY has had the honor of presenting twice in front of Board of Regents committees. First, in November 2013, we discussed the background and the current implementation of QUALITYstarsNY. The Board then wanted to hear more about the benefits of participation. So, this past March, a panel of three participants (Melissa Hasty, Early Childhood Coordinator of the City School District of Albany; Tammy DiCocco, UPK Director, Cohoes Community Center; and Victory Riedy, Founder of Victory Child Care, Inc.) discussed their engagement with QUALITYstarsNY and the benefits that the program has provided. 


We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Board and informing them of our progress. 

In This Issue:
Join Our Mailing List
Read more about the Troy Project 
From the Troy Record
Visit the Family Portal
with QUALITYstarsNY participant, Maria Nogueria
to learn more about the impact that QUALITYstarsNY has had on her early childhood program.

Provider Spotlight: Shelly Deutch


Each quarter, we highlight QUALITYstarsNY participants that have made significant improvements in the quality of their programs and ask that they share their experiences in their own words. This quarter, we thank family provider Shelly Deutch for sharing her words and for inspiring others to provide high quality early learning experiences to the children that they serve.


Shelly writes, "Because of support from QUALITYstarsNY, the children have more materials to play with than they otherwise would have-not just quantity, but better quality too.  I bought a plastic kitchen a while back and it lasted about a week.  

QUALITYstarsNY allowed me to purchase pretend kitchen furniture from Community Playthings.  The children play there all the time and they play with it in all kinds of different ways.   Last week they took all the food out of it and turned it into a nursery for babies. Before that, one of the boys used it as a garage for his trucks.  One day I hung sheets from the ceiling to divide the play area into lots of smaller spaces. We pretended each space was a different 'room' of our 'house.'  

Using QUALITYstarsNY support grant funds, I was also able to purchase enough room dividers to make it possible for all the children to nap in one room together.  This allowed me to re-arrange my other room to create learning centers.  Now I have a quiet area, a block area, manipulative area, and a pretend play area. 


Finally, because of QUALITYstarsNY, I was able to enroll in a CDA class-something that would not have been financially possible for me otherwise. I have been using what I learn in the class to make changes to my program. I will finish my class in June 2015."

Get Ready for QUALITYstarsNY!


Although QUALITYstarsNY is not accepting additional participants at this time, we are confident that we will be expanding participation in the near future. Programs and providers can get ready to participate by following some key steps. These include: reviewing the QUALITYstarsNY Program  Standards, collecting supporting documentation with the help of the online Resource Guide, joining Aspire, New York State's Workforce Registry, and working with local training organizations on staff professional development activities.  Click here to learn more about how to get ready for QUALITYstarsNY.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to QUALITYstarsNY!
 We look forward to working together to advance this important initiative.
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