The Center for Children’s Initiatives (CCI) is nationally recognized as a leading voice for meeting the care and development needs of children from birth through school age. As of January 1, 2021, CCI is transitioning our work to the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, our partners in the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign (Ready for K) who continue to lead the work to secure quality early care and learning for all New York’s children. The information on this website serves as a valuable resource on pre-K, and the ongoing work to align child care and pre-K in New York State, as a part of building a prenatal to school age system. The policy briefs address critical financing and service delivery issues. For additional information regarding pre-K and child care policy, email marina@aqeny.org or dhill@scaany.org.

Core Priorities:

  • Make pre-K truly universal

  • Expand access to quality, affordable child care

  • Strength school-community partnerships

  • Build a prenatal to age 8 system


Championing the right of every child to start life with the best possible foundation of the health, learning and development, for more than three decades.