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Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five

The vision of the New York State Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five initiative is for every child enrolled in New York State (NYS) early childhood programs be supported by a system that provides access to high quality, equitable and comprehensive early care and learning environments and services essential for successful development and lifelong success.

Needs Assessment and Evaluation

As part of this initiative, the CHSR is conducting a statewide needs assessment to better understand the different aspects of the state’s mixed delivery early childhood system. Activities include reviewing reports, briefings, and published statistics; convening of focus groups with providers, administrators, and families; and administering an electronic survey to achieve the following:

  • Define and describe key terms: quality, access, underserved, children in rural areas.

  • Identify information gaps regarding the availability and quality of the early childhood system.

  • Identify barriers to combining funding to enable more efficient use of resources.

  • Identify strategies to address obstacles to collaboration.

  • Identify factors that impede alignment and coordination across early childhood settings.

  • Assess the following related to parents

    • knowledge regarding early childhood options

    • ability to access needed supports

    • factors that impact care choices (e.g., availability of openings, subsidies, hours of operation, tax credits).
  • Examine factors that impact transitions from early childhood programs to kindergarten.

  • Identify state capacity to develop and track measurable indicators of progress to create a more coordinated and responsive mixed delivery system.

  • Identify barriers and alternatives to gradually phasing out child care subsidies pursuant to Child Care and Development and Block Grant requirements.

  • Develop a methodology to track children on program waiting lists.

  • Examine the compensation, education, training, background check requirements and needs of the early childhood workforce.

  • Identify data to establish a data resource that informs an ongoing quality improvement system.

Additionally, the CHSR will be providing ongoing evaluation and feedback to project stakeholders through data analysis and monitoring activities

Contact: Dr. Kenneth Robin