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New York: $40 million for better early childhood system

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 22, 2020
New York got a $40.2 million federal grant to coordinate and strengthen the State's early childhood system.
New York early childhood
Empire State   $13.4 million annually over three years
The Preschool Development Birth Through Five grant will help support and continue the progress made to enhance the early childhood workforce and expand access to high quality early care and education programs by sharing best practices and engaging parents as leaders.

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The funding $13.4 million annually over three years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families will be administered by the New York State Council on Children and Families.

The grant funding will align the early care and education system, which includes child care, prekindergarten, Head Start, preschool special education, home visiting and early intervention, to apply consistent standards and measurement and will enable families to access equitable and comprehensive care, engaging learning environments and essential services for successful development.

The New York State Council on Children and Families, Early Childhood Advisory Council, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Education Department, New York State Office of Mental Health and other child-serving stakeholders will continue to partner with parents and providers in the next three years to enhance coordination among existing early care programs and services and more efficiently provide equitable access to high-quality programs.

Many of the partners supported by this grant are members of the Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Governor's Child Care Availability Task Force.

The work will complement the Task Force's goals of decreasing child care deserts and working with families to assess and meet their early child care and education