New York City is committed to creating a strong continuum of early care and education from birth through five-years-old. To achieve this goal, the City is working to integrate all contracted early care and education for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old into DECE by the spring of 2019, with the goal of creating a strong, seamless set of support and services for New York City’s youngest children and their families. The EarlyLearn program, which will be moving from the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to NYCDOE, currently serves over 30,000 children in Head Start and Child Care programs. The City has also committed to provide free, full-day, high-quality Pre-Kindergarten to all 3-year-olds, in addition to all 4-year-olds, in New York City by 2021. The person hired into this role will oversee the implementation of curriculum, instruction, and professional learning for teachers and leaders throughout this system. This position provides the opportunity to create and shape a system to improve teaching and learning throughout a comprehensive birth-to-five system, with the goal of ensuring that every child, with their family, begins kindergarten prepared to succeed.
The Senior Executive Director oversees the Teaching and Learning team, which includes a group of content experts who have developed the curriculum and professional learning that is in place at over 1,800 Pre-K programs citywide, as well as a team of over 140 Instructional Coordinators, who provide instructional coaching to teachers and leaders in public elementary schools and NYCEECs. The Senior Executive Director will lead the Teaching and Learning team in research, design, production, and implementation of key instructional support materials, including research-based units of study for New York City Pre-K programs. The Senior Executive Director and the teaching and learning team work cross-functionally to inform the NYCDOE’s early childhood education research agenda. As the City continues to expand access to early childhood education, the DECE Teaching and Learning team remains focused on ensuring high-quality programs and continuous improvement that is aligned to the City’s Pre-K Program Quality Standards.