Families with children experiencing homelessness benefit from universal early education programs like 3K & Pre-K for All, but only if program design and execution are responsive to their unique needs. Our new report, Leaps and Hurdles: Early Education and Care in New York City: History, Challenges, and Implications for Homeless Children, looks at the evolution of early education and care policies from the administrations of Mayors Lindsay through Adams.
The goal of building an even more inclusive early education and care system in New York City is within reach. Reflecting on the early education system’s history as it intersects with modern day family homelessness can bring perspective to educators, service providers, and policymakers. We hope you find this report useful and reflect with us through all our channels—social media, email, and in person—to continue this critical work of improving quality early education for thousands of children experiencing homelessness.