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Universal Pre-Kindergarten Origin: Partnership between New York City Department of Education, Office of the Mayor, Office of Management & Budget, and Administration for Children’s Services Link: Click here Summary: Launched in 2014 by the Office of Management & Budget, Department of Education, Administration for Children’s Services, and Office of the Mayor, the City of New York has implemented a truly universal, free, and fullday pre-kindergarten system that provides every 4 year-old with a high quality early childhood education. Talking Points & Important Information: • Research has proven that high-quality pre-kindergarten is among the most effective ways to reduce economic inequality. In fact, children who participate in high-quality pre-K programs require less special education and are less likely to repeat a grade or need child welfare services. Once these children – regardless of original socioeconomic status – enter the labor force, their incomes are higher and, through taxes, contribute to society in larger sums. • Both as juveniles and as adults, these children are less likely to engage in criminal activity. • For more on pre-K programs, click here and here. And to learn more about New York City’s Pre-K For All, click here. 2015 POLICY BOOK SCHOOL INTRO BOARD LEVEL PAGE 56