Early Childhood

As of this fall, the city had planned to open 55,000 3-K seats, but 15,000 seats are currently unfilled.
Schools Chancellor David Banks blamed problems with payments on the previous administration.
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.
Staffers will be moved “to more effectively support schools in coordination with district superintendents,” the department says.
At least 1,000 new students are expected to enroll in district schools, including preschool-aged children.
Student enrollment has big implications for public schools, and declines can lead to less funding and school closures or mergers.
To help address the exodus of women from the workforce, New York state is using federal money for a grant program to start new child care programs in areas lacking enough options.
The plan calls for helping families access care more easily, expanding services to reach 41,000 more children.
Starting June 13, children under 5 will no longer be required to wear masks.
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.
If the new school comes to fruition, it would be the second public school in NYC to focus specifically on students with dyslexia. A charter opened with that mission in 2019.
Ten-day quarantines are forcing families to keep young kids home, causing chaos for those in need of child care — regardless of negative COVID test results.
Providers say they shoulder costs for heating and repairs — and have concerns for the children in their care. Some 400 child care centers are housed in buildings operated by NYCHA, a system beset by lead, mold and other woes.
A process to grant medical and religious exemptions for preschool and day care workers was settled only hours before the mandate is set to take effect on Friday.
The new mandate includes 24,000 employees initially left out of the city’s requirement that all education department staff need to be vaccinated.
Roughly one out of every five 4-year-olds who applied for gifted and talented seats received a spot, according to preliminary data the education department released Tuesday.
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.
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.
De Blasio is building on what has been the most popular policy of his administration: pre-K.
The changes aren’t likely to result in more diversity in a deeply segregated program.
The decline among is worrying because securing services early in a child’s life can make a significant difference in their development.