Operations and Policy: Supporting a High-Quality Environment

We are committed to providing policy and operational supports that aid programs in delivering the highest quality early childhood care and education.

Policy Handbooks

The Policy Handbook highlights operational guidance and best practices on a variety of topics, including health and safety, facilities and materials, staffing, general program oversight, and instructional programming to support leaders, teachers, and staff in operating high-quality early childhood classrooms. If you have any questions about the guidance provided, please contact EarlyChildhoodPolicy@schools.nyc.gov.

EFQ Supporting Resources

These resources are available to support your training in and use of the Early Childhood Framework for Quality (EFQ). If you have any questions, please contact EFQ@schools.nyc.gov.

Statement on Positive Behavior Guidance

Programs are responsible for structuring an environment and approaching interactions in ways that build positive relationships with children and families. Children and families should feel secure, supported, and recognized as important members of a program’s community. The Statement on Positive Behavior Guidance outlines the expectations and guidelines around supporting positive behavior in a developmentally appropriate way.

Attendance

ELAA Application

Beginning in January 2021, all child care and Head Start programs with extended day/year seats will be required to record and submit daily attendance for those seats in the new EarlyLearn Attendance Application (ELAA)

Frequently Asked Questions about ELAA

Learn more about the new ELAA application. 

Technical Resources for ELAA

For additional questions or technical assistance, please contact ELAATechSupport@strongschools.nyc. 

Child Care Attendance Processing System

Beginning in Summer 2021, child care programs with extended day/year seats will be required to record and submit daily time in and time out attendance for those seats (except Head Start seats) in the new Child Care Attendance Processing System (CAPS Online). Learn more about the new CAPS Online system. 

Administration & Finance

NYCEEC leaders play a key role in shaping a vision for how their programs will help students learn and grow within the community each program serves. These resources will help support the management of administrative systems and tasks. 

Health & Safety

NYCEECs provide a safe and healthy environment as the foundation for children as they learn and grow. These resources will help support programs’ efforts towards this goal.

For additional resources and guidance designed specifically to support your early childhood program during the 2020-21 school year, visit our Early Childhood 2020-21 Resources page

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