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The Office of Early Learning provides oversight and technical support to school districts in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies related to educating students in prekindergarten to third grade that are aligned with the NYS Board of Regents Early Childhood Policy.

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November 1, 2019

This presentation shares the many ways that early childhood teachers can use high level questions throughout the day and how "big questions" can help children think about and discuss diversity, families, and the school and home community. When we ask children questions that give them a chance to...

December 15, 2021
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) awarded $13.36 million in Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Expansion Grants to 31 school districts across the state, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today. The grants enable school districts to increase prekindergarten availability for four-year-old students.
August 12, 2021
Join presenters from the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education and Office of Equity and Access as they share a toolkit for professional learning focused on early childhood equity and identity. The toolkit contains a full day of professional learning activities along with facilitator tips and resources to support early childhood educators and leaders in discussing race, identity, and equity to improve their practice.