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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

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Make Quality Early Learning Top Priority in State Budget

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State budget negotiations are underway - but so far, too many children and families are left behind. The Governor's proposed budget includes no new funding for four-year-olds waiting for a full-day Pre-K seat. Nor does it include any new funding for Child Care. We need to change that- and you can help! Sign your organization on by March 3, 2015 to help build the voice for our agenda for expanded investment in high-quality early care and learning!
Yet, 62% of the state’s four-year-olds promised a seat in full-day Pre-K are still waiting for one, including 51,000 children in high need communities. In addition, a disturbing 78% of children eligible for subsidized Child Care are still waiting to be servedTo learn more about the status of services across the state see the new report, Children Can't Wait released on Early Childhood Advocacy Day in Albany, co-sponsored by the Winning Beginning NY Coalition which calls on Gov. Cuomo and New York State lawmakers to provide $150 million in Pre-K funding, $100 million in Child Care subsidies and $3 million for QUALITYstarsNY, a quality rating and improvement system for early learning programs. Speakers at the Early Childhood Advocacy Day rally included parents as well as leaders from business, pediatricians, law enforcement and even the military citing the benefits of early learning in the short and long run. 
"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 
On February 26th, we're going to advance women and families in New York State by bringing together individuals concerned about the Child Care, equal pay and paid family leave movements. Join Center for Children's Initiatives, the PowHer NY Equal Pay Campaign and the New York Paid Leave Coalition for a networking fundraising happy hour in order to support our Advocacy on these crucial issues. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with leaders working to win paid leave, Child Care and equal pay. This action forum will provide a platform to deepen relationships, expand existing networks, and offer powerful tools and resources for action!

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 Winter/Spring Training Calendar is Here!

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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.