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Navigating PreK Day 2024 - Registration is now Open

On Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, NY, the Office of Early Learning will be hosting the 2024 Navigating PreK Day. This one-day event will be open to administrators, business officials, professionals, and specialists responsible for Prekindergarten programs.

The day will include:

  • Opening Remarks by Commissioner Betty A. Rosa,
  • Pre-K Highlights from the Field,
  • P-3 Instructional Guidance Toolkit,
  • Literacy Briefs and What it Means for Pre-K,
  • Building Relationships and Environments to Foster Positive Behavior,
  • Inclusion and Pre-K Best Practices

Please register for this event by accessing the registration form.


Navigating PreK Day - September 20, 2023 

The NYS Office of Early Learning hosted its first annual Navigating PreK Day on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at The Cultural Education Center (Clark Auditorium).

District attendees learned about 2023-2024 UPK funding and the application process as well as systems and practices for multiple funding streams. Best practices for collaborating with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and the Request for Proposal (RPF) process was also discussed.

Following the full group presentations, individuals had the opportunity to meet with an OEL liaison to ask district specific questions. A schedule of this past event can be found here


Navigating PreK Day 2023 Questions and Answers


P-3 Summer Institute 2023

The New York State Education Department is pleased to announce that the 2023 P-3 Summer Institute on August 17, 2023 was a success! The Institute which took place at the NYS Cultural Education Center in Albany was in partnership with the NYS Council on Children and Families. Please see event flyer here.

This one-day session was open to teachers, specialists, and administrators responsible for designing programs for students along the P-3 Continuum. Session topics were intended to support educators in creating a learning environment that reflect developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate practices and instruction. 

Event Resources


P-3 Summer Institute 2022

In July 2022, the NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF) is partnering with the NYS Education Department's Office of Early Learning to convene the annual P-3 Summer Institute. 

Last year's P-3 Summer Institute is available online via pre-recorded presentations. 


NYSED Office of Early Learning Video Series: A Guide for Educators Serving Children in Prekindergarten through 2nd Grade

The NYSED values play as an instructional strategy in the early childhood classroom. The video series includes examples of purposeful, play-based instructional strategies that assist children in developing critical foundational skills. In the early grades, it is particularly important for educators to recognize and provide a balance between individual and group needs, active and quiet times, teacher-directed and child-selected activities, and English and home language development. Teachers influence what and how children learn by creating an environment that reflects developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate practices and instruction. Intentional planning provides a framework for learning that is culturally and linguistically responsive, playful, interactive and interdisciplinary.


Social Justice, Equity and Anti-Bias Early Childhood Education

These professional development videos feature dynamic presenters as they discuss topics on anti-bias education, social justice education, trauma and systemic racism, and culturally reflective practices. Principal Baruti Kafele’s presentation discusses the differences between equality and equity and defines social justice education. Dana Benzo defines anti-bias education and explains how educators can provide diverse learning experiences that advance equity and respect and respond to our students’ varying cultures. Tim Hathaway and Tamaé Memole's presentation describes the various types of trauma that have affect students, including systemic racism, and discusses ways to meet the needs of those experiencing such trauma.

From Executive Producer Alfre Woodard, No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.


NYSED Professional Learning Series

Recorded in November 2019, these dynamic presenters discuss academic rigor using developmentally appropriate practices, inspiring culturally sustainable environments and supporting thinking, language and learning in early childhood classrooms. Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ph.D., presents a video session recorded in November 2019 that uses data to paint the picture of the current state of instruction in kindergarten through third grade and identify opportunities for shifts in teaching to more effectively meet the needs of young learners. Miriam Beloglovsky unpacks the dispositions and conditions that children need to be successful in life and reviews how intellectual learning happens within the context of open-ended exploration with “loose parts” to support the development of children’s full potential. Janis Strasser, Ph.D., shares the many ways that early childhood teachers can use high level questions throughout the day (during read alouds, whole and small group meetings, music, outdoor explorations, creating and discussing classroom displays) and how "big questions" can help children think about and discuss diversity, families, and the school and home community.