Child Care Desert Resources

NYS Parent Portal

Resources for parents and caregivers including easy-to-use Child Care, After School and Home Visiting maps, a Parent Guide for the first five years of life, Multiple Systems Navigator for helping families and caregivers access health, disability and human services information on one user-friendly site.



Early Childhood Resources and Training Opportunities

Find early childhood resources (including QR codes) and early childhood training opportunities here including a guide to Blending and Braiding Funds to Support Early Childhood Programs, Family Guide to New York State Early Childhood Services (Prenatal through Age 5) in 10 languages other than English, Early Childhood Social and Emotional Supports and Services in New York State and information on free trainings to support early childhood professionals. For further information, e-mail:



Child Care Desert Reports (2019)

Reports from Child Care Resource & Referral agencies in 9 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) regions that provide an assessment of the early care and education needs of the region and identify barriers families face in decisions around early care and education and the supports needed to ensure coordinated quality early care and education access for all children birth to 5 in the region. Reports can be found for: Brightside Up (Capital District), Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County (Mohawk Valley), Child Care Council of Westchester (Mid-Hudson), Child Care Council of Suffolk (Long Island), Child Development Council of Central NY (Southern Tier), Child Care Solutions (Central NY), Child Care Council (Finger Lakes), Child Care Resource Network (Western NY).



NYS Council on Children and Families: Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initiative

Information and resources on efforts to enhance coordination and more efficiently provide access to high quality, equitable and comprehensive early care and learning environments and services essential for healthy development. A detailed description of all grant activities can be found here. For further information, e-mail:



NYS Head Start Collaboration Project

NYS Head Start Collaboration Office, housed at the NYS Council on Children and Families, provides leadership at the state level to ensure the most effective use of resources and alignment with state’s efforts to provide the highest quality comprehensive services to the greatest number of young children and their families. For further information, e-mail



New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC)

NYS ECAC provides guidance on issues related to young children and their families. The ECAC's vision is to ensure that all young children are healthy, learning and thriving in families that are supported by a full complement of services and resources essential for successful development. To learn more about the ECAC including its vision, mission, and principles, visit the ECAC website



New York State Office of Children and Family Services’ Division of Child Care Services

Information on key topics for child care providers including orientation materials for prospective providershow to become a provider, provider background check requirements, operating a child care program, relevant regulations and policies and much more helpful information can be found on this site.



Connecting with Your Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) - Video

Listen to a brief video by the Early Care and Learning Council's Executive Director, Meredith Chimento, who provides an overview of the work of the ECLC and 35 child care resource and referral agencies throughout New York state. Learn more about resources and training opportunities by visiting the ECLC website


Pyramid Model to Support the Social and Emotional Competence of Infants and Young Children

Learn about how the Pyramid Model can support children, families and early childhood professionals. Pyramid Model resources, upcoming trainings and more can be found on this website.



Early Childhood Career Development Centers

CUNY's Professional Development Institute's Early Childhood Career Development Centers provide free, comprehensive career development services to all current and aspiring early childhood professionals. 

Enhanced B5 SUNY-CUNY Workforce Scholarships for individuals seeking early childhood credentials, certificate degrees and/or certificates in early childhood education at CUNY or SUNY schools across New York state also are available.




New York’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for early childhood programs, providing support and resources to improve and sustain high quality across New York state. Information about QUALITYstarsNY, quality standards and support for providers can be found on the QUALITYstarsNY website. For further information, e-mail:



Starts with Stars

Start with Stars is a QUALITYstarsNY initiative designed to support programs that are just starting out as well as those with challenges related to meeting licensing requirements before they begin participating in QUALITYstarsNY. More information can be found here.



The Aspire Registry

New York Works for Children maintains The Aspire Registry, an online system that supports early childhood professionals. For further information, visit the New York Works for Children website.



New York Early Learning Resources - NYAEYC

New York Early Learning Resources is a collaboration between the NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Early Care and Learning Council and the New York Association for the Education of Young Children. Shared source provides a variety of resources for educational professionals  (classroom teachers and program administrators). It also offers buying power by joining a nationwide pool of purchasers. For further information, e-mail:



Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers - Video

Listen to a brief video that provides an overview of the services and supports available for providers and families from the NYS Education Department's Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers. For further information, visit the NYSED website


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Overview - Video

Listen to a brief video that provides an overview of ESSA and New York state's commitment to the success of all students. This video features Jason Breslin, Director, Office of Early Learning, NYS Education Department. For more information on the NYS Education Department's Office of Learning, visit their website.