WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has been awarded approximately $25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support pre-k programs in New York City, Yonkers, Uniondale, Indian River and Port Chester.
In addition to being based in communities with high poverty rates, these districts serve high numbers of children who are Dual Language Learners.
Final district-level allocations are subject to further review and discussion with the federal government, but initial budgeted awards for the first year of a four-year program as as follows: $9 million for New York City, $9.6 million for Yonkers, $1.8 million for Port Chester, $1.5 million for Indian River, and $1.9 million for Uniondale. “This funding represents another step forward in our effort to create new learning opportunities for some of our youngest New Yorkers," Cuomo said. “By expanding pre-kindergarten across the State we're giving children the chance to learn from an even earlier age and raising the bar for how this country prepares its student for the future. Our administration is fundamentally re-imagining New York's schools with that in mind, and I am proud to have the federal government's support in this endeavor.” New York State expects to create 1,725 new full-day slots and improve an additional 1,350 existing slots to meet the definition of a full-day High-Quality Preschool Program. This funding opportunity will allow the State to continue implementing the largest expansion of full-day pre-kindergarten in New York’s history. The $25 million award represents year one of this federal grant. New York State applied for a total of $100 million over four years, and further allocations up to that $100 million are subject to the state’s progress in achieving its benchmarks in these districts and the availability of funds.
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