The Governor and Legislative leaders have reached agreement on the 2011-12 State Budget. Here is a summary on how funding for early care and learning issues fared:

  • Early Intervention (EI): Provider rate reduction of 5% across the board starting April 1, 2011.
  • Child care subsidy funding held at 2010-11 levels for 2011-12.
  • Clearance fees (SCR’s)will increase from $5 to $25 (other information regarding exemptions or renewals not available at this point).
  • Advantage AfterSchool: $17.2 M General Fund maintained and $500,000 in TANF funds restored.
  • Prekindergarten (Pre-K) was funded at $384 million for 2011-12 and 2012-13.
  • Primary Mental Health Project for school age children – fully restored.
  • Healthy Families New York home visiting program funding was fully restored at $23,288,200.
  • COPS was funded at $12,124,000 (2010-11 amount: $24,249,500) – at 50% this includes home visiting for Nurse Family Partnership funding.
  • TANF funding for the Nurse-Family Partnership ($2 million) was NOT restored.

Thanks to all who advocated in support of early care and learning this budget season — your advocacy made a difference! While we have an uphill battle to stay solid for this coming year, we have not experienced the cuts of many other programs.

Marsha Dumka

RAEYC Public Policy Chair

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