In October 2012, New York City launched EarlyLearnNYC, a plan that would upend its system for providing subsidized child care to working class and low-income families. The goal was to take the city’s sprawling assortment of child care programs—ranging from subsidized babysitting services to nationally accredited preschools—and blend them into a unified, holistic spectrum of early education services for children from 6 weeks through 4 years old.Read More
RECOMMENDATIONS AND SOLUTIONS By establishing full-day, universal pre-kindergarten for New York City’s 4-year-olds, Mayor Bill de Blasio has demonstrated a powerful commitment to early childhood education. His administration now has the opportunity to broaden that vision and strengthen the city’s subsidized programs for early care and education serving the city’s youngest residents, children aged 0 to 3.Read More
In October 2012, New York City put a plan into action that would upend its system for providing subsidized child care to working class and low-income families. The Bloomberg administration set out to take the city’s large and unwieldy assortment of early care and education programs—ranging from subsidized babysitting services to nationally accredited preschools—and blend them into a unified, holistic system serving children aged 6 weeks to 4 years old. Officials intended for this new system to spur improvements in quality, giving children the kind of rich learning experiences that would set them on track for educational success for years to come.Read More
With the creation of EarlyLearnNYC in 2012, New York City reinvented its system for subsidized early care and education for children from low-income families. Officials sought to ensure high quality, developmentally smart care--but a string of financial and logistical hurdles posed difficulties for many of the nonprofit organizations that run these programs. Today, some thrive while others have lost their contracts or struggle to remain open. Now, as the city launches an expanded Pre-K network for 4-year-olds, what will happen to subsidized child care for younger kids? Can the reform vision of EarlyLearn be put fully into action, and sustained? A conversation with experts in the field, and the release of findings from a new Center for New York City Affairs report on early care and education.
- Steve Barnett,director, National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University
- Maria Benejan, associate commissioner, Division of Early Care and Education at New York City Administration for Children's Services
- Takiema Bunche-Smith, education director, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
- Gregory Brender, policy analyst, United Neighborhood Houses
- Maria Contreras-Collier, executive director, Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
- Abigail Kramer, associate editor, Center for New York City Affairs
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Access and download the Executive Summary, Findings and Recommendations.
There’s been a sea change in New York City juvenile justice policy and police practices over the last two years: Courts now place most teen delinquents in city programs close to home, rather than upstate; and police have sharply reduced the use of stop and frisk, a tactic that overwhelmingly targeted young men of color. Policymakers in the new administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio seek to drive change even further, to improve police-community relations and strengthen juvenile justice programs while also securing public safety. How does the administration intend to pursue its objectives? What do community leaders and others believe needs to change? Will young people and community residents gain a meaningful voice in both policy and practice? And can better data collection and data sharing help shape new solutions, both inside and outside the walls of government?
A conversation with:
- Gladys Carrion, commissioner, NYC Administration for Children's Services
- Joanne Jaffe, bureau chief, New York Police Department
- Chino Hardin, field trainer/organizer, Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions
- Gabrielle Prisco, director, Juvenile Justice Project, Correctional Association of New York
- Chris Watler, project director, Harlem Community Justice Center at Center for Court Innovation
- Andrew White, director, Center for New York City Affairs, The New School
This forum is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Prospect Hill Foundation and the Sirus Fund. Additional funding for the Child Welfare Watch project is provided by the Child Welfare Fund, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation and the Booth Ferris Foundation.