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
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
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
stay in the
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.