Preschool Development Birth Through Five (NYSB5)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NYS B5 needs assessment? 

The B5 needs assessment is an organized analysis of the gaps and assets in New York State's early childhood care and learning service system. Parents of children who are newborns and through age 5 are a significant voice in this NYSB5 needs assessment.

I'm a parent of child under the age of 6, how can I get involved? 

Focus groups or listening sessions with parents across NYS will be conducted. Stay tuned for details! We are particularly interested in hearing from parents who identify as or have experienced:

  • Homelessness;
  • Live in a multi-language household;
  • A low annual income (less than $50,000/year for a family of 4);
  • Are a member of a minority ethnic group, commonly known as persons of color;
  • Are an immigrant or migrant parent;
  • Live in a rural part of NYS; or
  • Have a child receiving early intervention or special education services.


I work with pregnant women, at a child care or preschool program, how can I get involved? 

Focus groups or listening sessions with parents across NYS will be conducted. Stay tuned for details! We are particularly interested in hearing from child care and early childhood teachers who serve parents who identify as or have experienced:

  • Homelessness;
  • Live in a multi-language household;
  • A low annual income (less than $50,000/year for a family of 4);
  • Are a member of a minority ethnic group, commonly known as persons of color;
  • Are an immigrant or migrant parent;
  • Live in a rural part of NYS; or 
  • Have a child receiving early intervention or special education services

 

Where can I get more information on early childhood growth and development? 

The Council, in partnership with its member child-serving agencies and the NYS Parenting Education Partnership, developed the NYS Parent Guide website, www.nysparentguide.org. "Infants don’t come with instructions" but this web-Guide gives information for new parents and caregivers about growth and development, as well as lists resources in our NYS communities. Please let us know your thoughts about the NYS Parent Guide here, nysb5@ccf.ny.gov.

Where can I find information on becoming a child care provider or early childhood teacher? 

Child Care Resource and Referral programs (CCR&Rs) are coordinating and planning agencies for local child care services. They provide support to child care providers, parents, businesses and local governments. You can call or walk-in and find out all about becoming a child care provider or an early childhood teacher. Find a CC&RR near you.

Are there tax credits for employers related to child care?

More information coming soon! Thanks for your patience. 

Are there Pyramid Model trainings in my community?

Find Pyramid Model trainings near you.

Who is on the NYSB5 Steering Committee?

Please check our NYSB5 Partners link.

Who is on the NYSB5 Project Management team at the Council?

Kristin Weller, NYSB5 Grant Director

Elana Marton, Deputy Director and Counsel

Vicki Robert, Early Childhood Social and Emotional Coordinator

Stephanie Woodard, Fiscal and Policy Analyst

Cate Bohn, Data and Policy Analyst

Patricia Persell, NYS Head Start Collaboration Director