November 2 , 2015
By Bob Levine
Mineola, N.Y. - According to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, New York State spent $340 million dollars on pre-K and $300 million of those funds went to the city. This year New York City is getting 42 times as much funding as Nassau County. Maragos is accusing the Governor of shortchanging pre-kindergarten outside of New York City.
Nassau County wants its fair share says Maragos - an additional $77 million from the state.Those getting quality, full-day pre-K perform better in school and are at an advantage in life, and the benefits of quality pre-K programs can last a lifetime, says Jan Barbieri, executive director of the Child Care Council of Nassau. "Those without early childhood education start falling behind before they're ever even out of grammar school and are less likely to graduate high school," she says, "and very often have more difficulty in life from that point forward.
"Universal pre-K for all should include all of New York State," she says."If we don't recognize it and bring it to the attention in a major way it's going to continue," says Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, "and we don't want it to continue." "We want equitable treatment for our kids."