High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in New York, which serve more than 700,000 children and families.
“It is clear that one of the most basic foundations for educational success is quality early care and education.” – State Senator John Flanagan (R-NY)
“If we expect our children to thrive at our colleges and universities, and succeed in our economy once they graduate – first we must make quality, affordable, early childhood education accessible to all.” – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)