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To increase the quality and stability of the early child care workforce, the following

actions are recommended:

  • Create new professional development opportunities

providers. Within its existing budget, OCFS could issue

for child care new requests for

proposals in order to increase the quality of training to child care providers.

OCFS could also explore ways to bring opportunities by forging partnerships with Employees Association [CSEA] and United elected to represent home-based providers.

new professional development the two unions (Civil Service Federation of Teachers [UFT]) In addition, OCFS could create

more flexible contracts with local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies, which have the potential to play a larger training role with child care providers in their service areas.

Implement QualityStarsNY. improvement system that is

QualityStarsNY (QSNY) is being developed for early

a quality

rating and

care and


programs in New York State. The system, once encourage, and reward improving the quality of

implemented, will recognize, all center-based and home-

based child Designed to

care programs and other early care and improve quality and provide supports, such as

learning technical

programs. assistance

and training, QSNY is expected professionalism of staff. This, in as a whole.

to help retain turn, will help

staff as well improve the

as help increase the child care profession

  • Refine the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program for income-eligible child care staff/providers. In addition to helping providers purchase professional development for meeting the State’s regulatory training requirements, EIP helps providers acquire early childhood credentials and/or higher education degrees. More can be done to: educate providers about the program, streamline the paperwork, and tie EIP funding to the QualityStarsNY system once it is implemented.

  • Explore ways to help early care learning professionals access benefits, particularly health care. As the Early Care and Education Workforce Study showed, child care staff/providers earn relatively low incomes and often lack health benefits. These are the primary reasons for child care workers to leave their jobs.

In summary, education and professional development are key factors in creating a professional child care workforce with the ability to provide quality care to children. In addition, adequate compensation and benefits are essential to decreasing turnover

rates and keeping qualified experienced workers would

providers of


stay in the


care care

in the field. field to work

As a result, more with our children,

improving the continuity of outcome for young children

care, which also leads to positive child in child care is one of New York State’s

outcomes. A top priorities.



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