May 10, 2019
Community-based organizations are the backbone of Mayor de Blasio’s effort to expand early childhood education programs and are largely responsible for the success of his Pre-K and 3-K expansions.
Earlier this year, the Department of Education (DOE) released new requests for proposals that are the first step in creating an integrated, birth-to-five early education system.
After analyzing the RFP with our partners, we joined 70 other organizations urging the DOE to withdraw the RFP. For the reasons outlined below, we believe the current proposals would harm teachers, service providers, children and families, and communities.
In addition to failing to pay early educators equitably, the RFPs would negatively impact program quality and pose significant risks to the stability of programs. We urge the DOE to address these programmatic and fiscal risks in the RFPs and invest the resources needed to ensure that early education services — and thus children — are set up to succeed.