A new lawsuit against NYC’s health and education departments raises the question: Who’s responsible when the city fails to provide Early Intervention services?

Programs have long struggled to provide all children with the services they need, as they are legally required to do.

Mayor Eric Adams has proposed ending Promise NYC, which has provided free child care to 600 undocumented immigrant children.

The gap in services is particularly acute in the Bronx, where more than two-thirds of children did not receive all of the therapies they could have.

The office’s creation comes as the education department’s own early childhood office has faced intense scrutiny over the past several months under Adams’ leadership. 

The $10 million initiative aims to help the influx of asylum-seeking families from South America who have come to New York City over the past several months. Previously, undocumented familes were not eligible for subsized child care. 

As of this fall, the city had planned to open 55,000 3-K seats, but 15,000 seats are currently unfilled. 

As Mayor Eric Adams stares down a massive budget shortfall, New York City has no clear plans to sustain its growing 3-K program.

The lack of communication about the new plan has sowed confusion and concern among staff and preschool providers. 

Student enrollment has big implications for public schools, and declines can lead to less funding and school closures or mergers.

One of the largest pushes this year went toward expanding free child care. The city’s public schools will receive just over $12 billion in state funding.

The investment will be spread over four years and could help to stabilize an industry shaken by COVID. 

In partnership with the Campaign for Children, Chalkbeat will push the Democratic candidates to spell out their visions for educating the city’s youngest learners.

The decline among is worrying because securing services early in a child’s life can make a significant difference in their development.

After being shut down for three months, child care centers in NYC are allowed to reopen. But providers say they have had little time or guidance to prepare to serve children again.

Independent preschools in NYC warn they might not survive the economic fallout of the coronavirus, which could make it harder to reopen the economy.