State Senator Todd Kaminsky said, “The research is clear: early childhood education pays dividends down the line, setting our students up for success. By bringing pre-K to many Long Island classrooms for the first time, we can foster the growth of our children in and out of the classroom and prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century and beyond. Importantly for our economy, parents will now be able to go to work, knowing that their kids are being well-cared for while reaping the benefits of a quality education.”
Assemblymember Judy Griffin said, “As a working mom with older children, I appreciate that Governor Hochul understands just how important UPK and reliable and affordable childcare are to parents in the suburbs. We both know that providing UPK not only benefits children and families but is vital to a thriving local economy. Long Island families need our help to make this a reality and I thank Governor Hochul for leading the way and making Childcare a top priority for hard-working families.”
Assemblymember Michaelle C. Solages said, “Children need safe, stimulating and nurturing environments in order to promote healthy brain development and lay the foundation for lifelong learning and emotional well-being. Full day pre-K will strengthen the coordination of early childhood education to create more opportunities for families who live on Long Island which will help to ensure that all children have an equitable start and work to significantly reduce achievement gaps.”
Long Island Association President & Chief Executive Officer Matt Cohen said, “Child care is an economic development issue critical to the business community and the pandemic shined an even brighter light on its importance. Governor Hochul’s budget is a critical step forward in investing in more affordable, accessible and available child care so more parents can participate in the workforce and our children are given the tools necessary to lead their next generation.”
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