Infant & Toddler: Materials and Policies



The 13th Annual Infancy Leadership Forum was held during the recent 2015 New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Conference.  This year the For Our NY Babies campaign was launched to support families with infant and toddlers in New York State and contribute to a national For Our Babies Campaign, initiated by WestEd, training and advocacy organization based in California. Panelists discussed ways New York is addressing the elements of this campaign and included:

    • Changes in Well Baby Care
    • Infant and Maternal Mental Health
    • Paid Family Leave Initiative
    • Quality Early Care and Education
    • The ‘Social Womb” and Brain Development


For more information regarding New York's For Our NY Babies campaign contact:

Karen Harkness
Infant Toddler & Technical Assistance Coordinator
NYS Early Learning Certified Trainer
Program for Infant Toddler Care Certified Trainer
Early Care & Learning Council
230 Washington Ave. Ext.
Albany, NY 12203
518-690-4217 ext. 21

For Our Babies is a national movement promoting healthy development in our children from conception to age 3, advocating for the types of environments, experiences and relationships that infants and toddlers need in order to thrive. By sharing relevant research and knowledge of families, practitioners, and other experts, For Our Babies shows how far the U.S. has to go to meet the basic needs of our infants and toddlers, and shares how the support of positive early development benefits all. For More information on WestEd's campaign, For Our Babies, please go to:



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.