"MORE Windows of Opportunity Open on Long Island"
Long Island had made strides in expanding the number of children served in UPK programs. Several efforts are focused on improving the quality of care both in school settings and in community-based organizations. What is hampering both the increased quantity and quality of UPK is the lack of funding to cover the true costs of a UPK program and limited collaoration among schools and community-based early childhood programs.
When Long Island returned over $11 million dollars out of $36 million it was offered to implement Universal Pre-K in 2007, The Early Years Institute embarked on a campaign to determine why, and how the $25 million we kept, was spent. The study was funded by the Rauch Foundation and conducted in cooperation with Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Western Suffolk BOCES and Nassau BOCES. To help interpret the study’s findings and implement recommendations, The Early Years Institute worked with BOCES to create the Pre-K Leadership Forum, chaired by Roger Tilles of the New York State Board of Regents.
The two-year study of Pre-K on Long Island shed light on why 65 districts did not implement Pre-K and how 53 districts overcame those obstacles. It also highlights areas of concern and innovative practices to learn from.
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