Quality Improvement & Best Practices
The quality of care that children receive between birth and age 5 sets the stage for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, we want to help Westchester's child care professionals provide the very best care possible, and we do that in a variety of ways:
Technical Assistance and Quality Improvement Support
The Child Care Council provides a range of technical assistance services to current or prospective child care providers to help with a wide variety of topics. Learn more about Technical Assistance and Quality Improvement Support.
Beyond the basic regulations established by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services, accreditation by a national organization requires child care providers to meet a higher level of standards. The Child Care Council encourages all programs to pursue accreditation as one method of improving care.
See a list of accredited programs in Westchester
The following organizations offer accreditation based on national quality standards:
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
Council on Accreditation (COA)
American Camping Association (ACA)
Child Development Associate (CDA)
Infant and Toddler Care and Education Credential
Children's Program Administrator Credential
Early Care and Education Trainer's Credential
School Age Child Care Credential
See information on the CDA and various other credentials for child care professionals.
A Degree in Early Childhood Education
Several colleges and universities in our area offer degrees in Early Childhood Education:
Directors and Provider Network Meetings
Share best practices with other Westchester child care program directors and providers.
Westchester Early Childhood Directors Association Meetings:
School Age Directors Network (SADN):
Attending a conference can be a great opportunity to learn from and network with peers from across the county, state or country.
NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance Summer Conference
NAEYC – Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
New York State Conferences:
Annual National Afterschool Association Convention
New York State Association for the Education of Young Children