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.