Expanding Pre-K and
After-School Programs to
Reduce Achievement Gap

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The Campaign for Children has come close to finally making universal pre-k and expanded after-school a reality in New York City. However, we wanted to share some troubling news surrounding the budget talks in Albany. We need you to take action right away!

The news relates to the teacher certification in the city’s pre-k plan. There is a discussion underway about requiring every prek teacher in every setting in NYC to be fully certified by September. This provision would impact many Early Learn programs where teachers have a study plan and are working towards certification.

We understand this is a sensitive issue. We are all fighting hard to make sure everyone in the field is credentialed and fairly compensated – and the city’s Ready To Launch plan aims to increase professional development to help more teachers get certification. The concern is that many teachers in CBO’s on track to certification will not have time to meet the requirement by September 1st.

This proposal would decimate many programs and actually move us backwards. We need your help to call key legislators immediately to let them know this cannot happen.

Below are some talking points you can use in your conversations and contact information for key Senators. We also recommend calling your local Assemblymember.

We only have a few hours to push back on this proposal. The budget will likely close this evening. Even if a deal is announced earlier -- it will take the full day to work out the details. Keep up the calls throughout the day!

Talking Points/Sample Script:

  • We're hearing that in budget negotiations, there is a proposal on the table to only allow fully certified teachers to teach pre-K
  • If this were to happen, it would be devastating to our programs, forcing us to lay off staff and reduce the number of children we're able to serve.
  • We're counting on you to reject this proposal. If we are truly going to expand pre-K, we need to keep teachers who are on the path to certification.
Contact Numbers:
Senator Jeffrey Klein 518-455-3595
Senator Simcha Felder (518) 455-2754
Senator Dean Skelos (518) 455-3171
Senator Diane Savino (518) 455-2437
Senator Martin Golden (518) 455-2730
Senator John Flannagan 518-455-2071
Assemblymember Cathy Nolan 518-455-4851