OSWEGO, NY – The Child Care & Development Council of Oswego County is pleased to announce an initiative that will benefit early childhood programs and the families that access their care.
A growing number of states are creating Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for all types of child care.
These systems consist of a uniform set of standards that are graduated according to levels of quality, and linked to a corresponding set of “star ratings,” not unlike those established for hotels and restaurants.
New York is now one of those states.
New York State has just completed a field test of its brand new QRIS called QUALITYstarsNY. All types of early childhood programs – family child care, center-based care, pre-k classrooms in schools – across the state participated in the field test. The Child Care & Development Council of Oswego County is now ready to take the next steps to make QUALITYstarsNY available to all programs.
To begin the implementation process, QSNY has created a series of three workshops to explain the system to programs and providers and to help them get ready to participate.
These workshops are being offered throughout the state and are intended to:
explain the concepts of quality rating and improvement systems and present specific information on New York’s system,
help programs/providers learn to use the Environment Rating Scales to conduct a self assessment which is required for QUALITYstarsNY, and
help programs/providers set up improvement plans based on the results of the self assessment.
The series for early childhood programs in Oswego County will take place in March, April and May. These workshops are funded by QUALITYstarsNY and are being offered – including all materials – at no cost to providers.
This fiscal commitment to child care has also been demonstrated by the Senate’s allocation of an additional $9 million in the budget for child care subsidy. While this is an increase, advocates are asking elected officials to consider funding both access and quality by putting $4 million into subsidy and $5 million into QUALITYstarsNY.
“If the $9 million stays in the budget discussion, we hope that both the Assembly and the Senate will support both quality and access by providing funding for child care subsidy as well as QUALITYstarsNY.” said Christina Wilson, Executive Director of the umbrella agency for the Child Care & Development Council. She adds, “This investment in our quality rating and improvement system will poise NYS be competitive in the future for federal dollars to our state, and in turn, afford positive outcomes and experiences for young New Yorkers.”