The Governor and the New York State Legislature reached an agreement early Saturday morning on the Fiscal Year 14-15 budget, and we are pleased that the children of New York State have been prioritized in this budget.
The budget includes funding for many of the priorities that Children’s Aid values, including universal pre-kindergarten, the continuation of after-school programs, and more time to determine how best to ensure that school-based health centers can continue to serve thousands of children across New York State. All of these programs are key parts of the community schools strategy, which was funded in the budget for a second consecutive year.
The opportunity gap between children in poverty and their peers is already far too wide. These programs will go a long way in helping to narrow the gap with regard to academics and health – and will produce lifelong positive outcomes – while also saving taxpayer dollars in the long term.
We applaud the Governor and New York State Legislature for prioritizing children in this budget.