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Governor Cuomo Announces $5 Million in State Funding to Support Pre-Kindergarten in 16 High-Need School Districts

November 30, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $5 million has been awarded to 16 high-need school districts to increase access to quality pre-kindergarten for nearly 1,000 three and four-year-old students across New York. This funding aims to support the expansion of pre-kindergarten to high-need or underserved districts as part of the State’s ongoing efforts to promote early education, and improve the academic future for all students.

“Every child deserves a fair shot at a high-quality education,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help level the academic playing field for children in these underserved communities, providing the opportunity to succeed, thrive and, ultimately, lead.”

Funding was awarded to school districts based on the quality of the application and other factors, including district and student need, efforts to target the highest need students, and efforts to maximize total number of children served in pre-kindergarten programs.