No connection between income and public pre-K in New York State

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 11.09.28 AMA new graphic shows how uneven public pre-K is throughout the state of New York. The school districts shaded in dark green are where more than 75% of the 4 year olds attend a universal pre-K program funded by the state. In the Clifton-Fine school district, only 25% of the children are poor, but 100% of their 4 year olds are served in the public schools. The state spends $4123 on each of them. Montauk is another interesting example. Only 12% of its student population qualifies as poor, but all of its 4 year olds are in public pre-K, costing the state $912 each. But in New York City, where 34% of the children are in poverty, only 59% of the kids are in public pre-K. The state spends $3895 on each of them. More than 230 school districts have opted not to participate in public pre-K. 

Two reports were issued Oct 24, 2013 on the cost of extending public pre-K to all students.

The Challenge of Making Universal Prekindergarten a Reality in New York State by the Citizen’s Budget Commission.

Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York by The Campaign for Educational Equity and the Center for Children’s Initiatives


POSTED BY Jill Barshay ON October 25, 2013

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Nustita

I suspect that the distribution of preK funds is regressive even within these districts. In my Queens neighborhood, it is an open secret that the local preK providers give preference for publicly-funded slots to those families that have used their daycare services in the preceding year. That means the scale is tilted towards families that can afford upwards of $18,000/year got daycare.

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