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  • NYC budget deal partially restores early childhood spending, but advocates say gaps will persist

    Jun 28, 2024

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    New York Daily News | “We’ve been hearing from family after family whose young child with autism or other challenging disabilities missed out on the chance to go to preschool this year,” said Randi Levine of Advocates for Children. “This investment will help hundreds of children who have been waiting.”

    The budget earmarks $25 million to restore and expand child care for undocumented families, plus $30 million for special education preschool programs that were also facing a pandemic aid shortfall. Earlier this spring, the Education Department acknowledged 700 young kids with disabilities were waiting for an appropriate placement.