Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced that $25 million in funding– the third allocation of $100 million– has been awarded to support pre-k programs in New York City, Yonkers, Port Chester, Watertown and Uniondale.
New York State was first awarded $25 million in federal funding in December, 2014 to create full-day pre-kindergarten slots for children in high-need communities. The funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Preschool Development Grant and helped create a total of 2,385 full-day slots in New York City, Yonkers, Port-Chester, Rye, Uniondale and Watertown.
“This funding represents another step forward in our mission to provide every child with high-quality education opportunities early in their lives,” Gov. Cuomo said. “By expanding pre-k access for children across the state, we are ensuring that our youngest New Yorkers get ahead, and putting them on a path toward future success.”
A total of 35 states and Puerto Rico submitted applications to the program this year, but New York is one of only 18 to receive funding.
Final district-level allocations for the third year of the program as follows: $7.6 million for New York City, $7.3 million for Yonkers, $3.2 million for Port Chester, $2.5 million for Watertown, and $3.2 million for Uniondale. New York will also receive funding to invest in State-level infrastructure.