New York makes significant steps to support young children and their families in the 2016-2017 enacted state budget
- The early childhood workforce will benefit from the increases in minimum wage.
- The early childhood workforce and the families they serve will also benefit from New York's new paid family leave program.
- QUALITYstarsNY will have $5M to include more sites, across the state, as participants - benefitting from coaching, technical assistance, and resources to serve New York's youngest children more effectively.
- $20M for My Brother's Keeper initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color, starting in early childhood.
- In addition, the SFY 2017 Budget increases support for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program by $4.5M (bringing the program total to $34.6M) to respond to the emergency food needs of hungry New Yorkers.
The state has also allocated $22M to add more pre-k seats for 3 year-olds. This stands to strengthen the financing of quality enhancements in community-based centers. The ECAC is happy to provide guidance to schools and programs about the use of these new funds to ensure positive impacts on children, their families, and the programs that serve them.