Infant & Toddler: Materials and Policies



A Place to Get Started:  Innovation in State Infant and Toddler Policies


QUALITYstarsNY's focus on improving care for infants and toddlers is cited in a report by ZERO TO THREE as an innovative practice that should be replicated.  ZERO TO THREE has revised their 2009 publication A Place to Get Started: Innovation in State Infant and Toddler Policies.

Building a comprehensive, coordinated early childhood system that addresses the developmental needs of infants and toddlers requires strategies that cross the boundaries of agencies and programs. New York’s QUALITYstarsNY is a project of the state’s Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) and provides program quality standards for each modality of early childhood programs (centers, public schools and family/home providers).  Infant–toddler program standards are a key component of the system and reflect the unique needs of this age group.  In addition to the standards, QUALITYstarsNY provides participants with financial supports for quality improvement (i.e, grants, material supplies, and scholarships for staff training and credit-bearing coursework). Adding to the system’s success is the way in which it differentiates the needs of infants and toddlers from older children by identifying particular requirements that must be met when caring for the youngest children.

The Governor and the Legislature recently included funding for QUALITYstarsNY in the state budget in recognition of the importance of supporting high-quality early childhood education.