ERIC Number: ED562044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Securing the Future of New York's Children: Taking the Next Steps toward Truly Universal Prekindergarten
Rebell, Michael A.; Wolff, Jessica R.
Center for Children's Initiatives
With the strong leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, solid support from the state legislature, the Regents, and the New York State Education Department, and the unwavering commitment of Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, New York State has made significant strides over the past year in expanding access to high-quality full-day prekindergarten across the state. With this important momentum and committed leaders, the state is now in a position to make prekindergarten truly universal. But to do so, several aspects of the existing legislation must be modified, and the funding system must be stabilized at an adequate level. To show how to accomplish this, the Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI) and the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College (CEE) have revised the statewide roadmap for "Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York" that was originally published in October 2013. The authors incorporate the new funding and quality standards initiatives that the governor and the legislature adopted this year and propose the modifications and reforms that are now needed to merge these advances into a coherent, sustainable, universal system. The ultimate goal, as argued in the original roadmap, is to recognize the right of every three and four year old to high-quality, full-day prekindergarten. In this report, the authors lay out the steps down that path, year by year, starting with important modifications of the Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program in the state's 2015 budget, and moving toward a guarantee of full access to full-day prekindergarten. The state should continue to support the service in both public schools and community-based settings, to assure families have a broad range of options to meet their needs.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Equal Education, Access to Education, Educational Finance, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Public Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Rauch Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI); Columbia University, Campaign for Educational Equity
Identifiers - Location: New York