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Big Dreams for New York's Youngest Children: The future of early care and education

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I202, New York, NY 10011

With the creation of EarlyLearnNYC in 2012, New York City reinvented its system for subsidized early care and education for children from low-income families. Officials sought to ensure high quality, developmentally smart care--but a string of financial and logistical hurdles posed difficulties for many of the nonprofit organizations that run these programs. Today, some thrive while others have lost their contracts or struggle to remain open. Now, as the city launches an expanded Pre-K network for 4-year-olds, what will happen to subsidized child care for younger kids? Can the reform vision of EarlyLearn be put fully into action, and sustained? A conversation with experts in the field, and the release of findings from a new Center for New York City Affairs report on early care and education.

With: 
 - Steve Barnett, director, National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University

 - Maria Benejan, associate commissioner, Division of Early Care and Education at New York City Administration for Children's Services

 - Takiema Bunche-Smith, education director, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society

 - Gregory Brender, policy analyst, United Neighborhood Houses 

 - Maria Contreras-Collier, executive director, Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation

Moderator:
 - Abigail Kramer, associate editor, Center for New York City Affairs

This event is presented by the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School in collaboration with the Child Care and Early Education Fund.

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