Who We Are
The New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a public/private partnership that brings together a range of city agencies, a consortium of private funders, and the nation’s largest urban university to build a comprehensive system of professional development for individuals who work with young children in New York City.
Children need to spend their most critical years with dedicated, educated, trained, and well-compensated individuals in order to thrive in today’s society. PDI works to ensure that all early childhood practitioners have access to a comprehensive system of professional development that supports high-quality services for New York City’s children and their families. Recruitment of a talented workforce; competency-based teacher education programs and training opportunities; innovative models of technical assistance; effective public policy; and adequate funding are integral components of this system.
Sherry M. Cleary, Executive Director
Dana Benzo, Project Coordinator, Birth-8 Initiative
Jennifer Butch, Project Manager, Children’s Program Collaborative
Ola Friday, Project Coordinator, Quality Stars New York
Jessica Howe, Project Coordinator, NY Works for Children-Registry
Hamish Strong, Web and Database Administrator
Angelica Velazquez, Project Coordinator, IFCC
Raedell Wallace, Project Manager, Career Development Services Center