Early Care & Learning

Seventy-five percent of brain growth and 85% of intellect, personality and social skills develop before age 5—in the first 2,000 days of life—so it is imperative that we invest in our youngest children long before they enter school.  The Schuyler Center works to educate communities and elected officials about the value of access to high-quality early care and learning.  The achievement gap appears long before children reach Kindergarten.  It can become evident as early as age 9 months.  Researchers at the National Academy of Sciences find that “Striking disparities in what children know and can do are evident well before they enter Kindergarten.  These differences are strongly associated with social and economic circumstances, and they are predictive of subsequent academic performance.”

The Schuyler Center and its partners secured $25 million in the 2013-14 NYS budget to support increased access to full-day Pre-K.  This funding is just a piece of the investment NY needs to increase access and improve quality in early learning.

Policy Focus:

  • Assure the availability of high-quality child care for low-income families.
  • Improve child care quality; assist programs to improve quality by investing in a quality rating and improvement system (QUALITYstarsNY).
  • Ensure that investments in early care and learning support the early childhood workforce.
  • Maintain and expand the number of children enrolled in high-quality Pre-Kindergarten


Audio of Pre-K Elements Conference Call  May 8, 2014:


Pre-K Key Elements, May 2014

No Need to Choose Between Pre-K Plans: What’s Best for Children in NYS?  This report, by the Alliance for Quality Education, the Center for Children’s Initiatives, Citizen Action of New York, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, finds that if the Cuomo and de Blasio plans are both passed, most school districts would likely receive two and one-half times more Pre-K funding than they would if only the Cuomo plan is enacted. Feb. 26, 2014  See the press release

Countdown to Coverage—March 31 is the Deadline to Enroll in Health Insurance.  A newsletter article template about the Affordable Care Act, geared for the early care and learning community, that organizations can use. Feb. 26, 2014

Governor asked to provide more funding for childcare, pre-K and afterschool programs. Legislative Gazette article by Matthew L. Mckibben. Feb. 4, 2014

Testimony submitted to the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2014–15 Executive Budget Elementary and Secondary Education Budget Hearing. January 28, 2014. Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

Putting Students First, Final Action Plan, New NY Education Reform Commission. January 6, 2014

New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC): Provides guidance to the Administration on issues related to early childhood.

Winning Beginning NY (WBNY): The State’s early care and learning coalition educates policymakers and the public about the benefits of early care and education, including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The Schuyler Center is a member on the WBNY Steering Committee.