Early Childhood

The City is determined to close the opportunity gap that exists for young New Yorkers, starting from the birth of every child.

Challenges & Opportunities

Despite a declining infant mortality rate, disparities between neighborhoods are widening, with a rate nearly double the average in high poverty neighborhoods.


Targeting key neighborhoods with high infant mortality rates, implementing social and structural supports before, during, and after pregnancy, and giving every four-year-old access to free, full-day, high-quality pre-kindergarten will help bridge this gap.

Nurture and protect all infants so they thrive during their first year of life and beyond.

Offer free, full-day, high-quality pre-kindergarten for every four year-old to ensure all New York children have the opportunity to enter elementary school with a solid foundation for future success.

Develop a comprehensive plan for high-quality early childcare.

What do you think?

This plan affects every New Yorker, so we want you to be a part of it. Share your ideas for the future now.