The Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program (SUFDPK) was created by Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2014 and appropriated $340 million for prekindergarten grants to incentivize and fund universal full-day prekindergarten programs in accordance with Section 3602-ee of the Education Law. Funding for this program is directly tied to the level of certification of the primary classroom teacher. A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued by the State Education Department and grant awards are expected to be made in late July. Program goals include creating high quality full day prekindergarten programs that assist children in developing language and communication skills; promoting early literacy skills and critical thinking; and fostering the requisite social and emotional development and motor skills necessary for school success. Additionally, the program is designed to assure that the prekindergarten content is aligned with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards and connected to the kindergarten and early elementary curricula. This is done through the use of The Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core.
State Statute: Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2014 established SUFDPK; Section 3602(ee).