Sherry M. Cleary
Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at City University of New York
Sherry M. Cleary is the Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the City University of New York. The Institute is a unique public/private partnership that brings together city and state agencies, a consortium of private funders, and the nation’s largest urban university, and coordinates the establishment of a workforce system that will ensure funding, standards, competencies, career development resources, qualifications and credentials, and program quality assurance for individuals who work with young children. Ms. Cleary leads the work of a dynamic, intelligent, and passionate team dedicated to building essential systems to ensure that young children have access to excellence. In addition to the state’s workforce system, the Institute also operates the state quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), QUALITYstarsNY. Recently, Ms. Cleary was asked to coordinate the NYC Early Childhood Research Network. She co-chairs the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council and is the president of the New York State Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Ms. Cleary has served on the Board of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and was named to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s six-member Early Childhood Working Group, initially charged with building the model to be used for a universal Pre-K implementation in New York City. Ms. Cleary, whose career began in Western New York, has worked in the field of early childhood education as a classroom teacher, a program administrator, and as both a faculty member and higher education administrator at several colleges/universities. Sherry has served on several boards of directors and college advisory boards as well as presiding over national and regional membership organizations.