$340M in Pre-K Funding Announced

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/18 2014 01:10PM

Updated 08/18 2014 01:17PM

WASHINGTON - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $340 million in pre-kindergarten funding.

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.

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