Governor Cuomo announced yesterday (December 5) that $15 million has been awarded to 32 “high-need school districts” in order to increase access to high-quality Pre-Kindergarten for over 2,000 three- and four-year-old children across New York.
Locally, included on that list is the Dryden Central School District, which will receive over $114,000.
The Deruyter School District will get over $313,000 and the Syracuse City School District over $644,000.
Studies from the National Institute for Early Education Research show that children who receive high quality early education programs have higher cognitive test scores later on in their academic career.
They also have higher achievement in both reading and math and higher chances of attending a four-year college and becoming gainfully employed.