The Center for Children’s Initiatives collaborates with strategic partners in advocacy campaigns to win support for our core policy areas:
READY FOR KINDERGARTEN,
READY FOR COLLEGE CAMPAIGN
CCI partners with the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and the Alliance for Quality Education to lead the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign (Ready for K!), to mobilize public and policymaker support for strategic investments and policies in pre-K and child care in New York. Now in its fifth year, the campaign works with the full range of early childhood and public education advocates and also seeks to engage new partners and champions emerging in the women’s, civil rights, family leave, labor and community organizing campaigns across the state. Ready for K uses outreach, communication and reports to build momentum for our priorities. We actively seek to align our agenda with key coalitions, including the Winning Beginning New York Coalition, the Empire State Child Care Campaign, and the Campaign for Children in New York City. For more information, check out our 2020 State Budget Toolkit.
SECURING THE RIGHT TO PRE-K
CCI’s Pre-K Initiative seeks to create a right for all 3- and 4-year-olds in New York State. We believe this strategy to be the most effective and sustainable way to reach the goal of financing a high-quality set of services for 3- and 4-year-olds, as a key component of the a prenatal to third-grade system to support children’s learning and healthy development.
CCI brings its own deep knowledge of early childhood service delivery and financing, and a long history of leadership in advocacy for quality early care and education to this project, as well as strong partnerships with key leaders in public education finance, policy and advocacy in New York, including the Center for Educational Equity and the Alliance for Quality Education. Our multi-year effort seeks to take advantage of the significant policymaker and public enthusiasm for expanding pre-K and builds on a growing concern about the need to establish a coherent, equitable and sustainable financing strategy to support for pre-K.