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Preparing the Youngest New Yorkers for a lifetime of success.

In 2017, The Trust brought together a group of funders called the Early Childhood Partners NYC committed to ensuring that all New York City children are prepared for lifelong success. Their goal is to expand access to effective early childhood services and improve the systems that influence the well-being of young children, especially those from low-income families.

Research shows that low-income children who participate in quality early childhood programs are more likely to complete high school, secure stable employment and earn higher wages, and are less likely to be involved with the criminal justice system or receive public assistance as adults. Lack of access to these services contributes significantly to the achievement gap; it is estimated that as much as half of school failures may be attributable to gaps in quality early care and education prior to school entry.

While New York City has led an impressive expansion of prekindergarten, it has not yet created an integrated system of high quality services for all children under the age of five. The City agencies responsible for early childhood programs have historically operated in isolation, with conflicting regulations and requirements for providers, making it difficult for families to access services. There are significant gaps in services, especially for infants and toddlers, and quality is inconsistent due primarily to inadequate funding and workforce issues. 

To address these issues, the Partners work closely with public officials, researchers, practitioners, and other leaders in early childhood and related fields to grow proven and promising approaches, test new ideas, improve systems, conduct research, and advocate for policy change. The Partners are guided by a steering committee that meets quarterly and makes grants to a collaborative fund at The Trust. General members, who contribute at a lower level, are encouraged to participate in networking and learning activities and align their grantmaking with collaborative projects.  

Grants made by the Partners are supporting: 

  • an effort by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services to expand quality early childhood services for infants and toddlers;
  • the evaluation of the City Department of Education’s math-based professional development curriculum for prekindergarten programs; and 
  • the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy’s campaign to ensure sufficient funding for prekindergarten across New York State.  

Meet the Funders

Steering Committee
Altman Foundation
Catherine and Joseph Aresty Foundation
Booth Ferris Foundation
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation
A.L. Mailman Family Foundation
The New York Community Trust
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation
Viking Global Foundation

General Members
Heckscher Foundation for Children
The New York Women’s Foundation
The Staten Island Foundation

For more information contact Natasha Lifton at (212) 686-1089.

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