Mayor Eric Adams has proposed ending Promise NYC, which has provided free child care to 600 undocumented immigrant children.
The gap in services is particularly acute in the Bronx, where more than two-thirds of children did not receive all of the therapies they could have.
The office’s creation comes as the education department’s own early childhood office has faced intense scrutiny over the past several months under Adams’ leadership.
The $10 million initiative aims to help the influx of asylum-seeking families from South America who have come to New York City over the past several months. Previously, undocumented familes were not eligible for subsized child care.
As of this fall, the city had planned to open 55,000 3-K seats, but 15,000 seats are currently unfilled.
As Mayor Eric Adams stares down a massive budget shortfall, New York City has no clear plans to sustain its growing 3-K program.
The lack of communication about the new plan has sowed confusion and concern among staff and preschool providers.
Student enrollment has big implications for public schools, and declines can lead to less funding and school closures or mergers.
One of the largest pushes this year went toward expanding free child care. The city’s public schools will receive just over $12 billion in state funding.
The investment will be spread over four years and could help to stabilize an industry shaken by COVID.
Chalkbeat spoke to six of the frontrunners for the Democratic primary about their views on early childhood education as well as youth services, which includes programs like paid summer internships for teens.
Election watch: Getting NYC’s mayoral candidates on the record about their plans for preschool, youth services
In partnership with the Campaign for Children, Chalkbeat will push the Democratic candidates to spell out their visions for educating the city’s youngest learners.
The decline among is worrying because securing services early in a child’s life can make a significant difference in their development.
After being shut down for three months, child care centers in NYC are allowed to reopen. But providers say they have had little time or guidance to prepare to serve children again.
Families will need child care to reopen NYC, but preschools fear they won’t survive the coronavirus shutdown
Independent preschools in NYC warn they might not survive the economic fallout of the coronavirus, which could make it harder to reopen the economy.
As pre-K and 3-K admissions kicked off Wednesday, parents who flocked to the MySchools portal were greeted with messages telling them the site was down.
Inspections will begin for dangerous lead paint conditions in almost 200 NYCHA community centers that serve young children.
NYC and union officials hail move toward pay parity for pre-K teachers but some worry over educators left out of deal
Hundreds of New York City pre-K teachers could see their pay increased by as much as $20,000 under a deal announced Tuesday by city officials and labor leaders.
After a wave of backlash, New York City education department tweaks new pre-K and childcare contracts
Facing growing concern from providers, the New York City education department is making significant changes to new contracts for pre-K and childcare services.
The growing alarm clashes head-on with de Blasio’s praise of the city’s early childhood efforts on the campaign trail as he makes a long-shot bid for the presidency.
The New York City comptroller, with support from some state legislators, is pushing for a new payroll tax to expand affordable care for children from birth to age 3.
‘Clean up your mess’: Some NYC pre-K providers have tough message for de Blasio ahead of White House bid
Independent preschool operators the city has relied on to make Pre-K for All a reality say the mayor’s ambitious early childhood plans have pushed them to the brink.
‘Get this right’: Comptroller Stringer adds to calls for major changes to New York City’s pre-K contracts
Pre-K and childcare providers in New York City say that changes to how they’re funded could spell financial disaster.
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