Spring 2024


March 2024 | QCCN’s Education Team hosted a successful in-person PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY.

We had a great turnout with over 50 Department of Education (DOE) affiliated programs in attendance.

It was a wonderful day of learning and laughter with our valued early childhood providers who support over 250 DOE children. 

April 2024 | QCCN hosted a special spring event, partnering with the Pajama Program, who facilitated an informative workshop on “Sleep Health for Young Children.”

Parents and early childhood providers came together to learn strategies to promote healthy sleep practices. 
Attendees received practical sleep health information along with a Pajama Program R.E.A.D.Y ROUTINE BEDTIME KIT.
This wonderful experience is part of QCCN’S PARENT SUPPORT and WELLNESS project funded by the New York City Civic Engagement Commission-The People’s Money.

May 2024 | QCCN was proud to have one of our affiliated early childhood providers, featured in Queens Community House’s – MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR series:

 “I have been a Queens Childcare Network (QCCN)
affiliated provider since February 2023. I opened my licensed family group program in 2022. This year, I applied to the Queens Economic Development Center – Queens Tech and Innovation Contest. I am now a second time finalist eligible to win a $20,000 prize! On May 8, I will make my final pitch to investors at the Resorts World in New York City.
I am pitching the benefits of, and need for, a 24-hour home-based childcare program that provides services for mixed aged groups of children. This model allows for childcare outside of traditional work hours. It’s especially helpful for parents who are essential workers such as police officers or medical professionals, as well as restaurant workers and home attendants.
If I win the $20,000 prize, the funds will be used to purchase healthy food, program supplies, educational materials, and pay staff. I believe there is a strong need for quality childcare catering to families who work non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends. Ultimately, I want to provide a safe space for children to learn and grow while supporting diverse working families.”

— Shanelle Pierre, QCCN Provider


May 2024 | QCCN had a great time checking in with our wonderful partners at LENA Grow.

LENA Grow offers a unique, evidence-based solution to boost children’s language, literacy, and social-emotional development. It also promotes data driven professional development of early childhood educators.

During our May meeting, the QCCN team reviewed the positive impact of LENA’s talk pedometer technology with our participating providers and the children in their care.

Since QCCN began collaborating with LENA two years ago, our providers report a greater sense of professionalism and confidence in their roles as early childhood educators.

Parents have shared how helpful it is to have clear and colorful feedback from LENA on their child’s communication development.

QCCN is grateful to the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation for making this great partnership possible.