Pioneering Early Childhood
Advocate in New York City
Emilie Gay, a leading authority in early childhood policy and practice within the vibrant landscape of New York City, holds the esteemed position of Executive Director at Program Support. Her organization is dedicated to equipping early childhood programs with the tools to secure contracts, grants, and achieve uncompromising quality standards.
As a Quality Improvement Specialist, Emilie has guided numerous early childhood programs to success, enabling them to secure contracts with the Department of Education. Her extensive career in early childcare spans over three decades and encompasses diverse roles such as teacher, education director, curriculum consultant, trainer, assessor, and coach.
In 2012, Emilie was honored as a NAEYC Legacy Fellow, affording her a year to deeply investigate program enhancement through staff development under the mentorship of Paula Jorde Bloom. Her commitment to the cause of education was further underscored in 2015 when she received the Education Award from Williamsbridge NAACP, in recognition and gratitude for her dedicated service to children.
Emilie is a credentialed NYS trainer and coach, specializing in the Core Body of Knowledge and the Early Learning Guidelines. She possesses a rich academic background, having earned her Master’s degree, Teacher’s License, and Montessori Teacher Credentials from Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI.
A perpetual advocate for lifelong learning, Emilie is presently enrolled in the Urban Education program at the CUNY Graduate Center, illustrating her unwavering commitment to the ongoing advancement of education.