Feb 6 • 57M

A Conversation about the Early Childhood Education Crisis in NYC Public Schools

Since last year, city 3K and pre-K programs are facing cuts to staffing and the city has failed to make timely payments to childcare site providers.

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Educators of NYC
Dan Alicea
A weekly podcast and radio show on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC, hosted by Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters, and Daniel Alicea of Educators of NYC. We speak about the issues and controversies affecting public schools and public education in New York City, statewide and nationally.
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Daniel interviewed New York City Public Schools’ early childhood educators and service providers, along with NYC educator and union organizer, Jia Lee (MORE UFT), about the crisis and plight the city’s early childhood education sites have been facing since last year.

Instructional Coordinator, (IC) Deandra, a social worker, Michele, and site coordinator, Lauren, shared their stories about the attempts to eliminate positions and non-payment of EC site contracts throughout the city, by the Division of Elementary Childhood Education – which is part of the New York City Department of Education.

Jia, and these EC educators, also spoke about the high-energy labor organizing that has mounted as a result of this fight to save the city’s Pre-K/3K for All programs.

Episode Notes

NYC’s Early Childhood Education Delayed Payment Crisis

NYC’s pre-K workers, programs say they’re in limbo after reorganization

Top NYC early childhood official leaves amid crisis in preschool payment delays

Adams administration pledges to pay childcare centers after funding delays

NYC pols demand answers over ousted early childhood staffers after Post report

United Federation of Teachers rallies against cutbacks to city’s early childhood program

NYC Pre-K and 3-K daycare providers close to closing, need funds

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