Governor Cuomo yesterday (December 18) awarded $15 million to 26 school districts across the state to increase their access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, including more than $512k to Whitney Point Central School District.
Data from the National Institute for Early Education Research shows children who participate in high-quality early education programs score higher cognitive test scores from their toddler years to age 21.
They also score higher in both reading and math and are more likely to attend a four-year college and be gainfully employed.
“New York is making an unprecedented commitment to universal pre-kindergarten for children living in high-need and underserved school districts,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help ensure more children than ever before are able to attend pre-k and enjoy the proven benefits of early childhood education into adulthood.”
Funding was awarded to school districts based on quality of applications and other factors such as district and student need, the state’s effort to target the highest need students, and a focus on maximizing the total number of children served in pre-kindergarten programs.