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Program News for Early Learning

May 13, 2024
Awardees for Request for Proposals (RFP) # GC 23-021 have been announced. This grant is the 2023-2024 Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten (SUFDPK) Expansion Grant for New Full-Day Placements or for the Conversion of Half-Day Placements to Full-Day Placements for Four-Year-Old Students.
February 5, 2024
Navigating PreK Day 2024
July 1, 2023
The Office of Early Learning has released a calendar of important UPK dates and deadlines for the 2023-2024 school year.
June 27, 2023
The New York State Administered Prekindergarten Final Report Webinar 2022-2023 provides guidance and support for accurate completion and timely approval of the Universal Prekindergarten Final Report for State-Administered prekindergarten programs. Final Reports are submitted annually in the NYSED Business Portal and reviewed for approval by the Office of Early Learning (OEL). This webinar...
May 23, 2023
The New York State Education Department is pleased to announce the 2023 P-3 Summer Institute on August 17, 2023, at the NYS Cultural Education Center in Albany. The Institute is planned in partnership with the NYS Council on Children and Families.
February 14, 2023
The Office of Early Learning is publishing monthly newsletters during the 2022-2023 school year. "OEL News and FAQS" includes frequently asked questions and important news regarding early learning programs in New York State.
January 11, 2023
NYSED has announced Round 2 of the Universal Prekindergarten Expansion Grant for New Full-Day and Half-Day to Full-Day Placements for Four-Year-Old Students.
December 16, 2022
Governor Hochul announced $11.7 million delivered across New York to expand access to prekindergarten for four-year-old children. The FY 2023 Enacted Budget included $125 million to expand access to full-day prekindergarten, creating up to 17,500 additional pre-K seats statewide. Of this $125 million, $11.7 million was awarded today through a competitive process administered by the State...
November 29, 2022
A link is now available to use to subscribe to the OEL News and FAQs Newsletter.
August 4, 2022
NYSED has announced the Universal Prekindergarten Expansion Grant for New Full-Day and Half-Day to Full-Day Placements for Four-Year-Old Students.
July 28, 2022
The NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF) is partnering with the NYS Education Department's Office of Early Learning to convene the annual P-3 Summer Institute. Presentations feature speakers such as Dr. Jordan González (image provided) and are now available as of July 28, 2022. Please see the P-3 Summer Institute 2022 webpage for more information.
July 26, 2022
Come learn more about how school districts can contract with eligible agencies to meet the 10% collaboration requirement. Register at
May 20, 2022
For SY 2021-22, the Office of Early Learning (OEL) has scheduled a second (final) child count data pull from SIRS on June 13, 2022.
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...
August 5, 2021
The applications for the 2021-2022 Universal Prekindergarten (both state and federally-funded expansion allocations) and Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Applications are now available to be completed online via the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System (MVPS).
August 5, 2021
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) # 21-014. RFP# 21-014 is posted to the NYSED Grant RFP Web Page
July 23, 2021
The Resource Guides for School Success in Early Learning are grade-specific resources that consolidate all learning standards into one comprehensive document that provides a uniform format to make them easily accessible for teachers, specialists, administrators, and parents. The Office of Early Learning and the Office of Curriculum and Instruction have collaborated to produce the latest Resource...
May 6, 2021
The memo provided here explains the Eligibility of State-Administered Prekindergarten Programs for Child Nutrition Programs.
April 30, 2021
As of July 1, 2021, New York State (NYS) will be investing $970 million into state-administered Prekindergarten programs. The 2022 enacted budget added an additional $105 million dollars into universal prekindergarten for 4-year-old children. This presentation provided further information about NYS's expansion of Universal Prekindergarten.