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March 1, 2019
In anticipation of the rollout of several requests for proposals as part of the new birth to five early childhood education system, CCC analyzed enrollment data from the Administration for Children’s Services and Department of Education. The analysis provides information to help the general public, advocates and early education providers understand who the system currently serves by age (infant, toddler, 3 and 4 year old) and type of care (family based care, community based center based care, schools).
This analysis presents data on the entire publicly funded system that reaches 123,000 children under five years of age via vouchers as well as contracted care (family based care, community based centers, and schools), and illustrates what we know about the services children are receiving now in the contracted system that the Department of Education is now beginning to rebid.
In the contracted system, the data show that 90% of the 91,000 children served are 3 and 4 year olds, and more than half of all children enrolled in the contracted system are served in community based center settings while one third of children are served in schools and 10% are served in family-based care.
We have also uploaded these data as a new indicator on Keeping Track Online where users may also understand where young children are enrolled in the five boroughs and 59 community districts across the city.