Vision 2 Goal

Early Childhood

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New York City continues to ensure that its youngest residents thrive. By focusing on closing opportunity gaps, starting from the birth of every child, the de Blasio administration has made significant strides in leveling the playing field for all children. Interventions to reduce the infant mortality rate, implement supports for pregnant New Yorkers, and give every four-year-old access to free, full-day, high-quality prekindergarten have seen unparalleled success.


Conducted trainings to support children and families experiencing trauma

ACS is helping children, families, and providers cope with adversity through the ACS Trauma Smart initiative. In partnership with ThriveNYC, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) launched Trauma Smart in 2016. This social-emotional learning program is designed to address the wide range of experiences impacting children and families. It provides communities with the essential tools families, caregivers, and children can use to address challenging life experiences. The first cohort of Trauma Smart completed trainings in August 2017, with 65 EarlyLearn center-based programs progressing to begin coaching and roll-out of the Smart Connections component of Trauma Smart in their respective sites. In September 2017, an additional 79 EarlyLearn program sites began Trauma Smart trainings that will continue through May 2018.

IndicatorLatest DataPrevious Data
Reduce infant mortality rate by 20 percent to achieve a historic low of 3.7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births citywide by 2040, and dramatically decrease the racial/ ethnic disparity4.1
infant deaths per 1,000
live births (2016)
4.3
infant deaths per 1,000
live births (2015)
All four-year-olds receive access to free, full-day, high quality prekindergarten68,000
(2017–2018)
70,430
(2016–2017)

Tripled the number of children in free, high-quality, full-day pre-k

Since the Pre-K for All expansion launched in 2014, the City has tripled the number of children in free, high-quality, full-day pre-k. Approximately 70,000 four-year-olds are enrolled. The expansion focused not only on increasing access, but also on investing in pre-k quality. In the two years following the expansion, New York City met its goals of rapidly implementing a free, high-quality, full-day universal pre-k system. Enrollment is high across every community, with strong participation among low-income families.


Launched 3-K for All

Building on the success of Pre-K for All, the City has launched 3-K for All—free, high-quality full-day early childhood education for every three-year-old. 3-K for All has begun in School Districts 7 (the South Bronx) and 23 (Brownsville, East New York, and Ocean Hill). By 2020, 3-K for All will expand to a total of 12 school districts. The 3-K for All initiative is part of a broader effort to strengthen a continuum of early care and education programs for New York City children. Beginning in February 2019, all programs serving children from birth to five years old will be integrated into the Department of Education, creating a unified system that will benefit children, families, and educators.


Grew participation in NYC Breastfeeding Hospital Collaborative to 77 percent of all NYC maternity facilities

The New York City Breastfeeding Hospital Collaborative (NYC BHC) supports NYC hospitals in achieving the WHO/UNICEF “Baby-friendly” designation, earned by facilities that create an environment that strongly supports best practices in maternity care and optimal infant feeding. Since April 2015, 12 new hospitals joined the NYC BHC, bringing the total number of participating facilities to 30 (out of 39 NYC maternity facilities). Based on preliminary birth certificate data, the percentage of NYC births that occurred in Baby-friendly hospitals increased from 8.7 percent in 2015 to 15.9 percent in 2016, which surpasses the Healthy People 2020 goal of 8.1 percent.