The purpose of the Priority Full-day Prekindergarten and Expanded Half-day Prekindergarten Grant Program for High Need Students is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for the highest need children and schools within New York State’s public school districts. This grant initiative builds on the foundation established by the allocational Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) program. Grant funds can be used to create new full-day prekindergarten placements, convert existing half-day placements to full-day, or create a limited number of new half-day placements designated for higher need children in lower wealth school districts. This prekindergarten grant program seeks to significantly enhance program quality by requiring grantees to adopt program quality standards including valid and reliable measures of environmental quality, the quality of teacher-student interactions, and student outcomes.
State Statute: Chapter 53, Section 1 of the Laws of 2013
State Regulation: 8 NYCRR, Subpart 151-1
Total- [$25 m]
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: 6,054