Research has consistently demonstrated that the early years of a child’s life have a significant impact on their school success, as well their success later in life. In fact, recent reports indicate that approximately half of the achievement gap is already apparent before children enter the first grade. These findings also suggest that experiencing high-quality education at an early age can narrow the achievement between low-income children and their more affluent peers and better prepare students for academic success. In an effort to ensure that all of New York’s children have an opportunity to experience high-quality early care and education, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $10.4 million has been awarded to 25 high-need school districts. With this funding, school districts will be able to increase access to high-quality pre-kindergarten for more than 1,500 three-years-old children.

New York has always made a strong commitment to its youngest and most vulnerable citizens across the state, and this investment will continue to support that work by expanding pre-kindergarten to more children than ever before. For more information and to read the official announcement from the Governor’s office, click here.