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New York Works for Children is New York State's integrated professional development system for the early childhood and school age workforce. New York Works for Children is also the home of The Aspire Registry: New York's Registry for Early Childhood Professionals.

With funding and support from multiple city and state agencies, New York Works for Children is committed to building the infrastructure so that everyone who works with young children and families has access to high quality education and professional development experiences. New York Works for Children was founded by the Early Childhood Advisory Council's Workforce Development Workgroup in 2010.

The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute coordinates New York Works for Children and manages the day-to-day operations. The Institute is a public-private partnership that brings together a range of public agencies, a consortium of private funders, and the nation’s largest urban university, the City University of New York, to build a comprehensive system of professional and career development for individuals who work with young children in New York.