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Innovation Name Innovation Type Innovation Subtype Features at a Glance Strategy Summary
NYC Pre-K For All Expansion Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)

Number of 3- and 4-year-olds served (as of Jan 2023): 90,000
Minimum hours of operation: 6 hrs 20 mins/day; 180 days/yr

Launched in 2014, New York City's universal Pre-Kfor All program serves 4-year-old children across the city's 5 boroughs. Pre-K for All was followed by a pilot of 3-K for All, a version of the program for 3-year-olds, in 2017. Pre-K for All operates through a mixed-delivery system, and children are served by community-based organizations, public schools, and Pre-K Centers, the last of which are pre-K and 3-K-only facilities run by Department of Education (DOE) staff. All 4-year-olds are eligible for "School Day" slots, which provide education and care for 6 hours and 20 minutes a day during the school year, which typically runs from September to June. Some families are eligible for additional programs, including extended-day and extended-year education and care. Expansion efforts in the City are currently stalled as a new administration may pull back expanding access for both pre-K and 3K.

Learn More: New York City Pre-K

New York State Education Department. (n.d.). Universal Prekindergarten Expansion Funding.
New York Times. (2023). New York City’s Pre-K System Was a Model. Now Employees Say It’s a Mess.
New York City Public Schools. (n.d.). 3-K for All & Pre-K for All Handbook.

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City population

8,335,879 Source U.S. Census, 2022

Persons under 5 years old

6.20% Source U.S. Census, 2020

Poverty levels: Children 0-8 below 200% poverty

45% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Median family income among households with children

$69,400.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Unemployment rate

5.70% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

55% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

49% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

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