Southern Tier school districts to receive pre-k funding

By Nicky Hickling

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Southern Tier school districts to receive pre-k funding

August 18, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Governor Cuomo announced the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding, opening full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children.

The funding, included in the 2014-15 State Budget, is the first installment as part of the State's investment of $1.5 billion over five years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program.

The following school districts were among those selected:

-Whitney Point Central School District, Whitney Point: $467,815

-Spencer-Van Etten Central School District, Spencer: $72,756

-Otselic Valley Central School District, South Ostselic: $151,833

-Watkins Glen Central School District, Watkins Glen: $485,056

 A full list is can be found here.

81 applicants will receive funding under the Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program, representing all regions in the State. The program will result in new full-day pre-kindergarten placements and convert existing half-day placements to full-day placements that meet new program requirements.

The awards are preliminary, pending the review and approval of the New York State Comptroller.

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