Early Childhood Education
Access to high-quality early childhood education is critical to preparing young children ages 0-4 for academic and developmental success in kindergarten and beyond. Early childhood education programs are also critical to parental employment stability. New York State’s early childhood system includes child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK).
CCC’s Work in Early Childhood Education
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York is committed to ensuring all young children have access to safe, quality, affordable early childhood education.
CCC advocates to:
Increase government funding for early childhood education:
- We advocate for increased federal, state and city investments in early childhood education so every young child in New York State can be prepared for kindergarten.
- We advocate for increased federal, state and city funding to stabilize and prevent cuts to New York City’s subsidized system, called EarlyLearn NYC.
Ensure every young child ages 0-4 has access to early childhood education:
- We advocate to increase the number of children served by the subsidized child care system so that all income-eligible children can be served.
- We support full day universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) for all 4-year olds and half day UPK for all 3-year olds.
- We support initiatives, such as tax credits, that make child care more affordable for families.
Ensure all early childhood programs are high quality:
- We advocate for funding to ensure early childhood programs that contract with New York City receive enough funds to deliver high quality programming for children.
- We support legislation that requires informal child care providers to have child abuse and neglect background checks and be fingerprinted.
- We support salary parity for teachers in community-based organizations and schools.
- We support training and professional development for early childhood staff and technical assistance for early childhood programs.
children in NYC Head Start