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$25 million available to expand pre-k programs in New York

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Empire State   New York was recognized by the federal government

$25 million in funding has been awarded to support pre-k programs in New York City, Yonkers, Port Chester, Watertown and Uniondale, N.Y.

The grant, administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, expands access to high-quality preschool for children from low- to moderate-income families and helps communities prepare the most vulnerable children for success in school.

The $25 million represents year three of this grant and will be renewed to expand access to new high-quality preschool classrooms, or improved classrooms in high-need communities throughout the state.

New York State was first awarded $25 million in federal funding in December, 2014 to create full-day pre-kindergarten slots for children in high-need communities.

That grant helped create a total of 2,385 full-day slots in New York City, Yonkers, Port-Chester, Rye, Uniondale and Watertown, and supported the first pre-kindergarten programs in Uniondale and Port-Chester Rye. To ensure quality in the new slots, districts that received funding were required participate in Quality Stars NY, the state’s monitoring and improvement system.

The state applied for a total of $100 million over four years, and further allocations up to that $100 million are subject to the state’s progress in achieving its benchmarks in these districts and the availability of funds.

New York’s award this year was renewed for $25 million to continue its progress in expanding access to quality pre-kindergarten education.

New York was recognized by the federal government for creating more slots than the original goal the state set for in the grant application.

Final district-level allocations for the third year of the program as follows: $7.6 million for New York City, $7.3 million for Yonkers, $3.2 million for Port Chester, $2.5 million for Watertown, and $3.2 million for Uniondale.

New York will also receive funding to invest in State-level infrastructure.

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