November 13, 2016
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – A special New York State funding program aims to support the expansion of pre-k as part of the State’s ongoing efforts to promote early education. The project specifically targets high-need districts. More than 1,500 three-year-old students across New York will benefit from this grant.
“Every child deserves a fair shot at a high-quality education,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help level the academic playing field for children in these underprivileged communities, giving them opportunity to succeed, thrive and ultimately lead in New York.”
Funding was awarded to school districts based on student need. Research demonstrates that prekindergarten makes a huge difference in preparing children for school. High-quality prekindergarten programs help students prepare for formal education. Early pre-school for young students reduces costs for remedial education, social services, health and criminal justice programs.
“Research shows that as much as half of the achievement gap is already established before students enter first grade,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “Investing in high-quality prekindergarten programs can narrow the achievement gap between low-income and affluent youth and have a positive long-term impact on children’s lives. Giving our children a quality head start is simply the right thing to do.”