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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

Join the Statewide Day of Action for Early Learning on March 5 

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New Advocacy Tools

The budget clock in Albany is ticking fast: By March 9th, both the State Assembly and Senate must have their proposals for the final state budget out for final negotiations. This is a critical moment for young children and their families.
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 - by making sure the legislature includes our agenda for expanded investment in high-quality early care and learning! Here's what you can do in the next few days:
Sign your organization on by March 3 to show the strong support for quality Child Care and Pre-K. Send a letter to the editor or an op-ed to your local paper, newsletter or a blog that reaches others. Post it on facebook and urge others to do the same. Then be ready - and get others ready to join our day of action on Thursday, March 5. Let your friends, co-workers, family and local programs know to join the call-in and tweetfest that day. More details will follow soon. 

To learn more about the unmet need for services across the state see the new report, Children Can't Wait released on Early Childhood Advocacy Day in Albany, sponsored by the Ready for Kindergarten 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.   


Stronger Together Happy Hour 

Thank you to everyone who joined us in the fight to advance women in 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 network. 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 issue facing today’s families including   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!

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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.