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ERIC Number: ED562049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Children Can't Wait: Make Quality Early Learning a Top Priority in the 2015 Enacted Budget
Holcomb, Betty
Center for Children's Initiatives
New York State (NYS) has long been a pioneer on early childhood education, with a brain trust of early education experts and dedicated practitioners in the field. Starting in 1997, under the leadership of the Assembly, NYS began its state funded prekindergarten program, funding half-day programs across the state. In 2007, half-day pre-K expanded significantly again when the state more than doubled its investment with the statewide settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. In 2013, the governor and the legislature followed the initial recommendations of the Education Reform Commission and launched a new Priority Pre-K program, which included state funding for full school day services. This competitive grant was just $25 million for the entire state, adding just 6,000 seats, most of them full day. Today, a whopping 61% of the state's four-year-olds promised a seat in full-day pre-K are still waiting for one, including 51,000 children in low income communities. A disturbing 78% of low-income children eligible for a child care subsidy do not get one. As the 2015 enacted budget negotiations begin, full-day pre-K programs are provided to only 38% of the eligible four-year-olds. New York State is far from reaching universal access as Governor Cuomo promised just a year ago. As the numbers show, NYC provides the largest number of full day seats, with the rest of the state trailing behind, meeting just 16% of the need (see chart), with only 5% of those added with the 2014-15 funding. [The Ready for College, Ready for Kindergarten Campaign is led by the Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, the Public Policy and Education Fund, the Center for Children's Initiatives and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI); Alliance for Quality Education (AQE); Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA); Public Policy and Education Fund of New York (PPEF); Citizen Action of New York
Identifiers - Location: New York