QUALITYstarsNY is now accepting applications for the third cohort of the Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project! Read below to learn more and to apply.

Apply for the Fall 2021
Quality Improvement Specialist Pipeline Project

Certificate program for early childhood leaders to develop a diverse skillset to excel in your career and position yourself for success in a Quality Improvement Specialist role with QUALITYstarsNY.

After the success of the first two cohorts, QUALITYstarsNY is offering this 22-hour certificate program again this fall to help experienced early childhood professionals learn the skills to advance their career, deepen their understanding of high quality early childhood education practices, and position themselves for success in a Quality Improvement Specialist (QI Specialist) role with QUALITYstarsNY. 

Certificate Program Details

  • 8-week, 22-hour certificate program held virtually via Zoom.
  • Course will include one session per week held in the evening beginning Wednesday, October 6 and concluding Monday, November 22, 2021.
  • There is no cost to participate & participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the program.


  • Applicants must have:
    • A Master's degree in early childhood education or a related field.
    • At least 6 years of experience in an early childhood leadership position.
  • People of color and other diversities are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to attend all course sessions and complete required reading and assignments (approx. 1 hour of prep work per session).

How to Apply

  • Review the course schedule below to confirm your availability before applying.
  • Complete the online application (should take approx. 30 minutes to complete). The deadline to submit the application is Thursday, September 9 at 11:59 PM ET.
  • You will be required to upload your resume as part of the application process.
  • To verify your education and professional experience, you will need to upload your Professional Development Report from The Aspire Registry. To access your Professional Development Report, please log in to your Aspire profile and click on the "My Aspire Resources" tab to download and save the report PDF. To update your profile or join The Aspire Registry, please visit
Selection will be based on eligibility, applicant responses, and persons working in QUALITYstarsNY priority service areas.

Course Schedule

October 6 - November 22, 2021 | 8-week, 22-hour certificate program
Conducted virtually via Zoom

Session 1: Weds, Oct. 6 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Session 2: Weds, Oct. 13 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Session 3: Weds, Oct. 20 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Session 4: Weds, Oct. 27 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Session 5: Weds, Nov. 3 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Session 6: Weds, Nov. 10 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Session 7: Weds, Nov. 17 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM
Session 8: Mon, Nov. 22 | 6:00 - 8:45 PM

More Information

QUALITYstarsNY is New York State’s voluntary, 5-Star Quality Rating and Improvement System for early childhood programs. Since its inception, QUALITYstarsNY has focused its evidence-based practices to ensure that young children in participating programs have access to excellence, and their families can trust the level of quality in the programs they choose.

Quality Improvement Specialists
QUALITYstarsNY’s QI Specialists work in every region across the state with our participating early childhood programs to provide individualized guidance for the quality improvement planning process. Our QI Specialists are the essence of QUALITYstarsNY and form meaningful relationships with site-based leadership and staff to help them realize their program aspirations.

Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee the participant will be hired for a QI Specialist position with QUALITYstarsNY. This project is designed to help early childhood leaders build their professional skills and knowledge, and position themselves as competitive candidates for a QI Specialist position as QUALITYstarsNY continues to grow across the state. 
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