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The Center for Children’s Initiatives (CCI) , formerly known as Child Care, Inc,. champions the right of all children to start life with the best possible foundation of learning, care and health. 

Realizing the long term benefits – for children, for families and for our society – CCI works to ensure investments in quality and supports for working families to give all of our children the opportunity for a bright future.  

What's New at CCI

Help Make Early Learning Top Priority in 2015-16 Enacted Budget


 Click here to access the list of organizational sign ons

New Advocacy Tools

The budget clock in Albany is now ticking fast: The Governor and the Legislature aim to have a final budget agreement in place by March 31.   We have made some progress in increasing the investment for Pre-K for four-year-olds and a modest new investment in Child Care. But we still need to be sure our full state agenda to support the full range of early learning, care and health that children need to succeed.


Be sure to sign on to our call for increased investment in early learning, if you haven't already done so. And join the Winning Beginning NY coalition to build our voice for early learning and care, prenatal to third grade.  CCI is a proud member of the steering committee of that coalition and also helps lead the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College campaign, a partnership with public educators and advocates dedicated to promoting high-quality early learning


"Investing in high-quality early learning is a winning strategy that will significantly close the achievement gap. It gives our youngest learners, particularly those most at risk, the opportunity to enter school fully prepared," said Nancy Kolben, Executive Director of the Center for Children's Initiatives.



Stronger Together Happy Hour 

Thank you to everyone who joined us in the fight to advance women and families in New York State at the Stronger Together event on Thursday, February 26th. Guests at the action forum were given an important platform to deepen relationships and expand existing networks. Speakers Ana Oliveira, President/ CEO NY Women’s Foundation, Patti Lubin, Senior Advisor to Senator Kristen Gillibrand and CCI Board Member Charmane Wong providing critical commentary on the issues facing families including finding affordable quality Child Care, equal pay and paid family leave.

We also want to extend a special thank you to the Stronger Together co-organizers, the PowHer NY Equal Pay Campaign and the New York Paid Leave Coalition for a truly successful event. 

 Winter/Spring Training Calendar is Here!

Click to view the PDF version of the Winter/Spring Training Calendar


Building Bright Futures for Children: Newsletter

CCI Partners Again with CEE to Release

New Proposal for Statewide Full-Day Pre-K


CCI and CEE (Campaign for Educational Equality) have released their latest proposal for ensuring adequate, appropriate, and stable funding for pre-K in New York State, Securing the Future of New York's Children: Taking the Final Steps Toward Truly Universal Prekindergarten. This proposal builds on The Roadmap for making pre-K truly universal released last year. 


 Click here for the full report
 Click here for the highlights 






To view the CCI & CEE 2013 Statewide Road map:

Click here for the Full Report

Executive Summary



Champions for Children 2014

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 12th Annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon that was held on Monday, October 20, 2014. This event recognized the significant achievements of individuals, organizations and corporations dedicated to quality early care and education for New York City's children. We are extremely proud that Mayor de Blasio declared Monday October 20, 2014 as CCI Day. Receiving an official Proclamation acknowledging our contribution to children, families and our society is indeed a high point, and we are grateful to share this memorable occasion with you.


To view all the photos from the event, visit our Facebook page at or click the following link 


Mayor Releases "Ready to Launch"
Plan for Implementation of UPK
Ready to Launch


The City released its implementation plan for free, high-quality, full-day universal pre-K for NYC’s 4 year olds. The plan would reach 53,000 students by September and include a focus on quality, additional assistance for children whose primary language is not English, and increased family support in high-need areas.

Click here to read the full plan.