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

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Staff Writer | November 30, 2016
$25 million in funding has been awarded to support pre-k programs in New York City, Yonkers, Port Chester, Watertown and Uniondale, N.Y.
Empire State   New York was recognized by the federal government
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.