Early Learning

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The Office of Early Learning has received inquiries from several districts that missed the deadline for submitting a Notice of Intent to apply for the  Prekindergarten for Three-Year Old Students in High-Need School Districts (3PK) grant.  Based on the number and circumstances of these districts, the Department has decided to extend the deadline for submission of the mandatory Notice of Intent. Notices of Intent should be submitted to PREKRFP@nysed.gov no later than August 12, 2016.


If your district previously submitted a Notice of Intent, and your district is listed on the posted list at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/2016-17-prekindergarten-3pk/nysed-3pk-grant-noi.pdf,   it is not necessary to submit another Notice of Intent.   The Department will post on its website by August 16, 2016 a revised list of school districts that submitted the mandatory Notice of Intent to apply for these funds. This is the last opportunity for interested districts to submit a Notice of Intent.


Only those districts meeting the eligibility criteria stated in the Request for Proposals (RFP) are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity.  Appendix G to the RFP provides a list of eligible districts and can be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/2016-17-prekindergarten-3pk/nysed-3pk-appendix-g-eligible-school-districts-and-nn-points.pdf.   


In addition, the deadline for submission of proposals is being extended.  Submit 1 original and 3 copies postmarked by September 2, 2016 to:


New York State Education Department             

Attn: Prekindergarten for Three-Year Old Students in High Need School Districts                             

Grants Management                                           

89 Washington Avenue                                  

Room 475 EBA                                            

Albany, NY 12234


Applications are also required to be submitted to the Department via email to PREKRFP@nysed.gov.   The file format can be in PDF or in Word/Excel. The subject line of the email should read as follows: RFP GC 16-014, [NAME] and [the legal name of applicant school district].


Tip Sheet for Collaborations Between SED, Head Start and Other PreK Providers

Guidelines for Pre-K Instructional Mealtime (pdf)

Guidelines for Supporting Toilet Learning (pdf)

Best Practice in Early Childhood Education Webinar
In collaboration with Head Start and the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, the New York State Education Department’s Office of Early Learning has developed a webinar to provide guidance to school leaders on promoting best practice in early childhood education. 

To access the webinar click the link below:



Master Trainers for the Pyramid Model Partnership

The New York State Education Department is one of the members of a State Leadership Team created to provide support to the early childhood field on an evidence-based framework – The Pyramid Model Program -  designed to build a child’s social and emotional competence and reduce a child’s challenging behaviors in early childhood educational settings. The State Leadership Team is currently seeking master trainers from across the State to be a part of the implementation of this model. 

This master cadre of trainers will receive 10 days of professional training on the Pyramid Model modules and would be required to commit to providing 15 days of training per year for at least 3 years for center directors, principals, teacher supervisors, early childhood coaches, family support supervisors, and others across the State.

Interested candidates please click on the links below for further details.

Overview of the Goals of the Pyramid Model Program

Letter of Invitation

Applicant Commitment Form

Employer Support Agreement Form


Serving Pre-K Children in Temporary Housing Information

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October OEL Newsletter

Please see the link below for The NYS Education Department’s Office of Early Learning Newsletter. 

OEL's Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 1 PDF icon (748KB)


New York State Prekindergarten Program Quality Assurance Protocol Word Document (318KB)


OEL Resource

Our Prekindergarten Professional Development Needs Survey indicated a strong interest in integrating all domains of early learning.  This resource provides an overview of integrated instruction, a topic that is applicable to all grade levels.

Integrated Instruction PDF icon(443KB)

New York State Universal Full-Day
Prekindergarten Overview

Additional Information and Viewing Options for the UPK Webinar

Additional Early Learning Resources

~The New York State Education Department’s firm commitment to a P-12 educational system has been reaffirmed with the establishment of the Office of Early Learning (OEL).

~The OEL is responsible for a wide range of educational programs and works closely with parents, early care and education agencies, schools and state agencies to coordinate programs and resources with the goal of making New York’s early learning system as comprehensive and seamless as possible. 

Specific programs include:

These include:

  • Establishing world class internationally benchmarked early learning standards to improve school readiness and facilitate greater success with the transition between preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary education
  • Developing a comprehensive assessment protocol and data system for Preschool – Grade 3, including the addition of an early childhood component to the NYSED public report cards for districts and schools
  • Developing practices, strategies and programs that improve educational outcomes for Preschool – Grade 3, particularly in high-needs environments
  • Developing a tool for parents’ use in identifying high quality settings in preschool
  • Developing a Statewide and National Early Learning Network


Open Ended Art Supplies for the Quality Prekindergarten Classroom

Art experiences allow children to express their ideas, feelings, and knowledge in visual form. Offering a daily art center that is equipped with open ended supplies encourages this. Students explore the processes of art using materials, tools, and techniques and create products such as drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage and three dimensional art. The list provided here includes the types of materials found in a quality preschool classroom and offered in the art center on a rotating basis.

Open Ended Art Supply List


NYSED Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Tool

Building relationships, partnering and collaboration are extremely important to facilitate the transition of prekindergarten students to kindergarten.  This is a time of great change for children, parents, families and schools in which new relationships, new expectations and new competencies are being developed. The local school district should have a comprehensive plan for supporting its newest incoming students and their families as they transition into a K-12 system.

The checklist below will help to determine how complete your school district’s prekindergarten to kindergarten transition plan is. It may signal areas for improvement for your district to work on to ensure a positive start for young children in the school community.

NYSED Transition Tool Checklist


Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core Implementation Tool Kit

The Office of Early Learning, in partnership with the Northeast Comprehensive Center, developed a set of tools to support the implementation of the Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core in New York State’s early childhood education programs.  These tools are intended to support teachers, coaches, specialists, and school leaders in reflecting on current practices for each early learning domain.

Creating Rich Language and Literacy Environments for Young Learners PDF icon (838KB)


Approaches to learning Teacher Resources for Self-Reflection and Planning Word Document (88KB)


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Observation and Reflection Tool for Administrators Word Document (109KB)


Cognition and Knowledge Learning Centers  

PDF icon(787KB)


Last Updated: August 12, 2016