A press release says the funding will go to 81 school districts and Community Based Organizations statewide. The funding will allow the opening of full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children.
"Training and educating young minds is one of the smartest investments we can make as a State, as studies demonstrate that pre-kindergarten has a long lasting, positive influence on our children's education and future success," Governor Cuomo said.
The funding was included in the 2014-15 State Budget. A press release says it's the first installment as part of the state's commitment to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-kindergarten program.
The full-day pre-kindergarten program is designed to incentivize innovation and encourage creativity through competition.
Full list of recipients receiving funding.
Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.