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    Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College and Careers

    The early childhood campaign focuses on expanding access to high quality half-day and full-day programs and expanding quality through QUALITYstarsNY or through other quality improvements.

    Where’s My Pre-K?

    New York State has been gradually expanding access for full day Pre-K for 3 and 4 year olds. A few districts like NYC and Rochester actually have universal Pre-K to serve all the 4-year-olds who wish to attend a full day program. Unfortunately, the majority of upstate and suburban districts have been left behind. Governor Cuomo’s stated repeatedly, “It is time for New York State to have universal full day Pre-K statewide.” He promised a blank check for every school district that was willing and able to expand Pre-K.

    Remind Governor Cuomo to keep his promise and make universal Pre-K a reality statewide.

    Here’s what you can do

    A Photo Collection. Parents, legislators, community members and kids hold signs saying #WhereIsMyPreK #[YourCity]. Post your pictures on social media.

    Rally In Your Community! Elected officials, parents, children and childcare providers take a day to march around your community calling for more Pre-K. Have homemade signs saying, #WhereIsMyPreK.

    Write Op-Eds or Letters to the Editor for Your Local Paper. You and key allies write why it’s important for your community to expand access of high-quality Pre-K.

    Call on Your Local Elected Officials. Get your local elected officials at any level to send a letter to the Governor calling for universal Pre-K for their community.

    Talk to Your Legislators. Tell your legislators in-person and on the phone why it’s important to expand Pre-K.

    Sign up to receive updates on AQE’s Pre-K efforts.

     

    Policy reports

    Where is My Pre-K?: Looking at Pre-K Access on Long Island

    Too Many Children Left Behind: Make Early Learning A Top Priority

    Children Can’t Wait: Make Quality Early Learning a Top Priority in the 2015 Enacted Budget

    Early Childhood Education: Frozen Funding Leads to Cracks in Foundation

    Invest in Success Early Childhood Education

    Resources

    Winning Beginning, statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K

    QUALITYstarsNYthe state’s quality rating and improvement system for early childhood education programs, including pre-kindergarten

    About Us

    Founded only in 2000, the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) has quickly become New York state’s lead community-based organization in the fight for high quality public education.

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    Your gift will support our successful work to win funding to reduce class size, expand pre-kindergarten, and provide essential education services for millions of New York children.

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