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Campaign for Educational Equity

Securing the Future of New York's Children

With the strong leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, solid support from the state legislature, the Regents, and the New York State Education Department, and the unwavering commitment of Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, New York State has made significant strides over the past year in expanding access to high-quality full-day prekindergarten across the state. With this important momentum and committed leaders, the state is now in a position to make pre-kindergarten truly universal. But to do so, several aspects of the existign legislation must be modified, and the funding system must be stabilized at an adequate level.

Making Pre-Kindergarten Truly Universal

The research is conclusive: Providing a high-quality early childhood education is crucial if we are to reach our state and national goals of educational equity and excellence, preparing children for college and career. The federal government, states throughout the country, and the courts are increasingly recognizing this reality. This report provides a detailed roadmap for making high-quality, full-day pre-K available for all three and four year olds in New York State over an eight-year period.