Believe in Children Campaign
Believe in Children Campaign 1-pager.
172 Organizations Sign Letter to Legislators Calling for High-Quality Child Care, Pre-K, and Afterschool. March 3rd press release for the March 6th organizational sign-on letter which calls on the Legislature and the Governor to support child care, Pre-K, and afterschool in the State Budget.
Believe in Children Campaign Unites to Seek Added Funding, New York Nonprofit Press. Mar. 4, 2014.
Capitol Pressroom radio show. Susan Arbettor spoke with Dr. Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, Executive Director of the New York State Afterschool Network about the importance of investing in afterschool programs. Mar. 4, 2014.
See Governor asked to provide more funding for childcare, pre-K and afterschool programs, a Legislative Gazette article by Matthew L. Mckibben. Feb. 4, 2014.
March 7th Webinar: Connecting Families to Coverage
On Friday, March 7th at 10 am, please join the Schuyler Center, the NY State of Health the Official Health Plan Marketplace (NYSOH), and the Early Care & Learning Council, for a 30 minute webinar covering the importance of health insurance for families, an introduction to the NYSOH, enrollment procedures, and consumer assistance. This short webinar will help early childhood programs understand what families need to know about contacting the NYSOH and what services are available. No registration is required - simply click here at 10am on March 7th!
Early Care and Learning
A big thanks to all of the advocates and inspiring speakers who participated in the Feb. 10th Early Care and Learning Advocacy Day in Albany! See videos of NYS Sen. Diane Savino, a champion for quality early care and learning, and Brittany Jarvis, a parent who describes her daughter's QUALITYstarsNY child care experience, on our YouTube page. Photos of the speakers are on our Photo Gallery page.
Federal "Strong Start for America's Children Act" Introduced!
On Nov. 13th, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Representative George Miller (D-CA), and New York State's own Representative Richard Hanna (R) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. This bill is a bipartisan response to the President's Preschool for All proposal. It is an important step forward in ensuring access to high-quality early learning programs for low- and moderate-income children.
Over 500 state legislators from “red” and “blue” states alike have signed the following letter addressed to members of the Budget Conference Committee urging that federal investments in early childhood education become a priority in upcoming budget decisions.
Pre-K RFP Released!
The long awaited Pre-K RFP for high-need school districts is out! See it here.
We know that this is a busy time of year for school districts, but we urge eligible districts to apply. We also encourage community-based groups to work with local school districts to apply. It is important to show the State these funds are appreciated and needed. The NYS Education Department held a September 19th information webinar explaining the RFP – and the archived webinar is available here. As of October 28th, only 88 school districts in New York state have applied for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's competitive pre-kindergarten grants, representing about a quarter of the 345 districts that were eligible.
No Need to Choose Between Pre-K Plans: What’s Best for Children in NYS? This report by the Alliance for Quality Education, the Center for Children’s Initiatives, Citizen Action of New York, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, finds that if the Cuomo and de Blasio plans are both passed, most school districts would likely receive two and one-half times more Pre-K funding than they would if only the Cuomo plan is enacted. Feb. 26, 2014. See press release.
Winning Beginning NY 2014 Legislative Agenda. January 2014.
Believe in Children Campaign, 1-pager. January 2014.
2013 State of States’ Early Childhood Data Systems, a report by the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, is based on a survey of 50 states and the District of Columbia, assessing the coordination of their early childhood data systems. February 2014.
Putting Students First, Final Action Plan, New NY Education Reform Commission. January 6, 2014.
State Pre-K Funding – 2013-14 Fiscal Year, an Education Commission of the States report which finds that New York has one of the nation's highest increases in funding for prekindergarten programs in its 2013-2014 fiscal year. January 2014.
Quality Early Learning Settings Can Transform Our Nation's Health: A Prescription for Growing Up Healthy, a Docs for Tots policy brief with important information about the link between early education and health. December 2013.
Background Information on the House and Senate budget negotiations, by the National Women's Law Center. December 2013.
Federal Budget Advocacy, December 13 Key Messages, Talking Points, and Templates
This WBNY mini-toolkit contains materials to help you make your voice heard—quickly and easily—in the next few weeks, as Congress faces a critical budget deadline on December 13th.
Confronting the Child Care Eligibility Maze, Simplifying and Aligning with Other Work Supports, a CLASP and Urban Institute report. December 2013.
Winning Beginning NY 2014 Executive Agenda outlines the Coalition's priorities for the coming year. We support investments and policies that move the state toward a comprehensive early learning system that promotes children’s healthy social, emotional, cognitive and physical development known to promote success in school and later life.
Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy, a new NIERR paper that weighs the evidence for proposed expansions of quality Pre-K. December 2013.
Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York: A Statewide Roadmap, a Center for Children's Initiatives (CCI) and Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) 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. October 2013. See the Executive Summary.
The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child's early development is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. It includes policy recommendations to prepare all children to succeed.