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  • 60+ Organizations Call for Extended Funding for Key Education Programs in the City’s FY 2024 Budget

    Over 60 organizations sent a letter urging Mayor Adams to extend funding for the Mental Health Continuum; immigrant family communications and outreach; shelter-based coordinators to support students experiencing homelessness; and Promise NYC.

    Mar 21, 2023

    Boy sits in the stairwell of a school, looking at a textbook. (Photo by RDNE Stock Project via Pexels)
    Photo by RDNE Stock Project via Pexels

    The Fiscal Year 2024 Preliminary Budget leaves out funding for a number of current initiatives that provide critical support to students and families:

    • Mental Health Continuum in 50 high-needs schools ($5M)
    • Outreach to immigrant families in their language about their children’s education ($4M)
    • Shelter-based coordinators to support students experiencing homelessness ($3.3M)
    • Early childhood education and care for children who are undocumented (Promise NYC, $10M)

    The City launched these programs with city funding that is set to expire in June. With the pandemic having exacerbated the need for mental health support for students and with the increase in newly arrived immigrant families, thousands of whom are living in our City’s shelters, the need for these programs has only grown.

    The letter strongly urges the Mayor to include, if not increase, funding for these initiatives in the Executive Budget.

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