Pre-K programs

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.
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.
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.
State lawmakers will likely meet the Board of Regents’ budget demands on behalf of school districts for next year.
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.
For schools, this budget could be one of the most consequential during de Blasio’s tenure.
De Blasio is building on what has been the most popular policy of his administration: pre-K.
In a major shift for the nation’s largest public school system, de Blasio said the city will no longer use a percentage positivity rate to shutter buildings across the five boroughs.
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.
Independent preschools in NYC warn they might not survive the economic fallout of the coronavirus, which could make it harder to reopen the economy.
A record 77% of NYC families received an offer for their first-choice Pre-K for All program for 2020-21. But number of applications has tumbled, partly due to the coronavirus.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the administration is figuring out the right ways to evaluate its Pre-K programs.
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