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*New Children Can't Wait 

State budget negotiations are underway – and 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

Yet 62% of the state’s four-year-olds promised a seat in full-day pre-k are still wating for one, including 51,000 children in high need communities. In addition, 78% of children eligible for subsidized Child Care are still waiting to be served.  These facts are in a new report Children Can't Wait: Make Quality Early Learning a Top Priority in the 2015 Enacted Budget, released by the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign, led by CCI, the Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy 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.

The new report was released on Early Childhood Advocacy Day in Albany on February 3, co-sponsored by the Campaign and the Winning Beginning NY coalition. Speakers at the 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. "High quality pre-K and high quality Child Care address both the needs of our children and make it possible for families to work and raise eager younger learners.  New York State cannot afford to do less."

 

*NEW Securing the Future of New York's Children: Taking the Final Steps Toward Truly Universal Prekindergarten (2014)  

CCI and the Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) released a new 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 their 2013 Roadmap for making pre-K truly universal.

 Click here for the full report
 Click here for the highlights 

 

 

School Community Partnership Project

CCI’s school-community partnership project made great strides this fall, helping to inform the work at the local, state and federal level to align early childhood programs in the community with the traditional K-12 public education system. CCI’s new policy briefs were shared at the meeting of the National Alliance for Early Success in Seattle in September, which featured CCI’s executive director as a panelist on Pre-K expansion.  CCI also drew on the findings to inform our work with state education officials as we supported their work on the state’s application for a federal Preschool Expansion grant. Our work to identify promising practices, challenges and policy changes that can strengthen school-community partnerships also helped inform work by advocates across the state to better define the role of advisory groups and community review of Pre-K implementation as the program continues to expand. CCI continued to champion key policy recommendations, such as the need for equitable resources or programs and staff in all settings and the need to strengthen professional development for leaders in both early childhood and public schools.

Policy Brief 1:  Community-Level Challenges in Implementing a Mixed Delivery Pre-Kindergarten System: A Brief Review of Research and Field Experience
Policy Brief 2:  School Community Partnerships in New York State: Snapshot of Trends as Pre-K Expands


CCI Primer
The Primer, CCI’s signature publication is the only comprehensive, independent look at funding, enrollment, capacity and affordability of early care and learning in all settings in the city, with the latest data on Pre-K, Head Start, Child Care and subsidies for families on public assistance. The Primer serves as a critical resource for policymakers, the media and advocates seeking to expand early learning opportunities for young children across the city. The data is drawn from official public reports and documents, as well as special studies commissioned just for the new edition of the CCI Primer. The data released in the latest edition of the CCI Primer provide a picture of the growing squeeze on low-income working parents. The report underscores the need to improve both the supply and quality of early childhood programs – as well as the need for a more comprehensive vision for quality early childhood education and a coherent approach to managing the $1.2 billion in public funding now invested in the services.

For more information or questions, contact Betty Holcomb 212-381-0009 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2011 CCI Primer Highlights Provides a picture of early care and education services throughout the city who uses it, how it is funded. The CCI Primer identifies the key trends in funding, enrollment, capacity and access impacting families and children as well as service providers

2008 CCI Primer- Provides a comprehensive look at the early care and education services throughout the City.  Our analysis, which includes data on access, funding, and services, helps members of the field, advocates and policy makers identify current challenges and opportunities.

2008 CCI Primer Addendum
-This includes additional updated information from the latest edition of the Primer.

2008 CCI Primer Highlights -
 Provides a highlight of the early care and education services throughout the City.  Our analysis, which includes data on access, funding, and services, helps members of the field, advocates and policy makers identify current challenges and opportunities.

 

Infants and Toddlers
New York's Infant-Toddler Resource Center: Better Care for Babies -The first three years of life are fundamentally different from all others, with the brain growing at breakneck speed and creating the foundation for all later learning.  Early experiences can greatly influence that development. With Child Care now a critical source of early experiences for a growing number of children, the New York City Infant-Toddler Resource Center arms practitioners and programs with the knowledge and skills they need to get babies and toddlers off to a good start.

10 Keys to Quality Infant Care - New York State now has a network of Infant-Toddler Resource Centers that offer training and technical assistance to adults caring for children under 3. The resource center website, www.babystepsnyc.org has a calendar of trainings and conferences, which promote best practices for infant and toddler programs, including the core components of quality care drawn from the latest research.

Infant and Toddler Programs - The Workforce - Read this policy brief to find out how a better trained workforce will directly impact the health and well-being of our children.

Pre-K

Securing the Future of New York's Children: Taking the Final Steps Toward Truly Universal Prekindergarten (2014)
CCI and the Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) released a new proposal for ensuring adequate, appropriate, and stable funding for pre-K in New York State. This proposal builds on their 2013 Roadmap for making pre-K truly universal.

 Click here for the full report
 Click here for the highlights 

 

Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal: A Statewide Roadmap (2013)
CCI and the Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) unveiled a statewide plan for full-day Pre-K, offering a financial strategy that recognizes pre-K as an essential educational service and provides a plan to phase in pre-K to the state's three and four year olds over the next eight years. 

Full Report
Executive Summary

 

Strengthening the Pre-K Investment: A Working Forum
The forum highlighted the newly released WBNY report Strengthening the Pre-K Investment: Next Steps to a Winning Beginning for Every Child in New York State. The report includes new data and lessons learned in the first 12 years of Pre-K implementation. The recommendations propose strategies to improve Pre-K as part of a comprehensive early care and learning system. download report - download 8-page summary

CCI played a key role in Pre-K implementation at both the city and state level and in creating a library of resources for pre-k implementation, including:

Strengthening and Expanding Prekindergarten in the Children First Reorganization

Report of the New York City Council Commission on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity – a blueprint for early education in New York City.  This report developed in anticipation of new state education funding provides a plan for expanding Pre-K for three- and four-year-olds. The comprehensive vision provides cost estimates on every aspect of implementation from teacher salaries to facilities  

Archive on Pre-K Implementation
The Prekindergarten Advocacy Handbook
A Parent Report Card: What Parents Really Think
Universal Prekindergarten In Community School District 11
Issues in Collaborative Leadership for Universal Prekindergarten
A Guide to Cost Allocation Procedures: Implementing Strategies for Universal Pre-K
Implementing Universal Pre-K in New York City: Blended Funding and Other Financial Considerations
Implementing Strategies for Universal Prekindergarten: The Advisory Board's Role
A Directory of UPK Providers in New York City
Universal Pre-K: Frequently Asked Questions
New York State's Early Childhood Workforce: Challenges, Opportunities, & Next Steps
Report of the NYC Council Commission on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) Part II
Strengthening and Expanding Prekindergarten in the Children First Reorganization

 

 

Funding and Financing

Advocates and policy makers are increasingly concerned in establishing what it costs to support high-quality early care and learning. CCI’s policy brief series takes a close look at the issue, providing program models and their associated costs, per program and per-child.
   Early Care and Education - What it Costs Half Day 
   Early Care and Education - What it Costs Full Day 

 

Building a System

Proposal for a New York City Office of Early Care and Learning - CCI spent a year researching governance options for New York City to help promote more efficient use of resources, higher-quality services and better outcomes for children. The proposal provides a vision for a new approach to governance, including an early learning council which includes external stakeholders. 

A Diverse System Delivers for Pre-K: Lessons Learned in New York State