Educator Resources

UPK Policies and Resources

Behavior Management

The NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Department of Education (DOE) are committed to ensuring that all children and families leave our early childhood programs and enter kindergarten ready to succeed.  This means that children have a strong foundation in all domains of development and that families are ready to support their child’s learning. Children in EarlyLearnNYC and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs may not be expelled or suspended for behavioral reasons without written approval from ACS or DOE.  

For guidance about proactive behavior management supports, responses to challenging behavior, and additional supports, please see the joint Behavior Management Statement from ACS and DOE.

Universal Prekindergarten Nap/Rest Policy
The NYC DOE Office of Early Childhood Education (OECE) recommends that all programs serving pre-k age students provide a regularly scheduled nap or rest time for students who will attend the program for more than four hours per day. Please see this policy here for details about how to structure and staff the nap/rest time.

For a copy of our current Toileting Guidelines, please click here.

2012-2013 Community Based Organization (CBO) Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Welcome Package

The 2012-2013 CBO UPK Welcome Package is now available here.

Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R)

For more information on the UPK Program Evaluations, please click here(Evaluation Results & FAQs).

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

In the 2011-2012 school year, OECE piloted measures of child-teacher interactions using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (  In the spring of 2013, OECE will build on the pilot by using CLASS to assess a sample of UPK programs.  It is important to note that programs receiving an ECERS-R assessment and/or participating in QUALITYstarsNY pilot will not receive a CLASS assessment.  As the process evolves, the DOE will continue to update programs on how the data will be used in the future.  For more information, click here for the CLASS FAQ.

Quality Review

The Quality Review (QR) was developed to assist New York City Department of Education schools in raising student achievement.  The process is designed to look behind a school's performance statistics to ensure that the school is engaged in effective methods of accelerating student learning.  As a result, the QR focuses on the coherence of a school's systems, measuring how well it is organized to meet the needs of its students and adults, as well as monitor and improve its instructional and assessment practices.

For more information, visit the QR website.


New York State is currently developing QUALITYstarsNY to support the efforts of early care and learning programs to improve the quality of their services and to give parents the information they need to make a more informed choice.  For information, please visit QUALITYstarsNY.

For an overview of how QUALITYstarsNY relates to the NYC DOE's Quality Review, please see here.

Teacher Guides

Teacher Guide to Parent-Teacher Conferences

Toileting Guidelines