A number of school districts in New York State has been awarded funding to increase access to quality pre-kindergarten.  $5 million has been awarded to 16 high need school districts.  This is part of New York State’s ongoing effects to promote early education and improve the academic future for all students in the state.  The funding is to support the expansion of pre-kindergarten to those districts marked as high need or underserved. 

School Districts were awarded funding based on the quality of the application, also students need, plus if a high number of students could be served.  The Governor wanted to the get funding to districts serving the most kids.

Governor Cuomo said, "This funding will help level the academic playing field for children in these underserved communities, providing the opportunity to succeed, thrive and, ultimately, lead."

Here in the Hudson Valley, the only school district receiving funding is Saugerties Central, a total of $265,054.