New York State Education Department Awards Syracuse City School District Over $3 million to Increase Pre-K Seats

The Syracuse City School District has been awarded $3.2 million dollars to expand Pre-K offerings to three and four year old students in the district. The award was a part of the New York State Education Department’s competitive grant, Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Olds.

The purpose of the Expanded Prekindergarten Program is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children.

Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras

Syracuse City School District Superintendent, Dr. Sharon Contreras

The funds will be used to create new full-day prekindergarten opportunities and convert half-day seats to full-day for both three- and four-year-old students. The funding will allow the district to add 365 new prekindergarten seats as follows: 115 full-day and 18 half-day slots for four-year olds, and 85 full-day and 147 half-day slots for three-year olds.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the school district as we continue our expansion of prekindergarten programming,” said Dr. Sharon Contreras, Superintendent of Schools. “High quality prekindergarten programs are critical for improving students’ success in school and their life outcomes.”

The district will collaborate with partner agencies–Atonement Childcare Center, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Enable, Erwin Nursery School, Huntington Family Center, Learn as You Grow Early Education Center, MANOS (Partners in Learning), Parkside Children’s Center, PEACE, Inc.’s Head Start and the Salvation Army Syracuse Services