Ossining School District Receives State Grant For PreK

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Schools of the Ossining Union Free School District will receive funding for full-day prekindergarten programs.
Schools of the Ossining Union Free School District will receive funding for full-day prekindergarten programs. Photo Credit: File

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Union Free School District received $2,142,900, after the state Education Department announced $340 million in funding for quality prekindergarten programs across the state.

The Ossining district is among the few schools to receive the highest awards in the state.

The inclusion of the Ossining schools in this funding program was championed by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and state Sen. David Carlucci.

“This is great news for our schools,” said Galef, D-Ossining. “As a former teacher, I can say that it has become even more important to receive an early education. Prekindergarten programs have been shown to improve literacy skills and create a foundation for lifelong educational success. Children are ready to learn at an early age, and we cannot afford to have them play catch-up later in life.”

This program represents the largest expansion of full-day prekindergarten in state education history.

“Funding quality pre-K throughout the Hudson Valley will make sure our children will have the high-quality preschool education they deserve," said Carlucci, D-Westchester/Rockland. "Study after study proves early education has a long-lasting, positive influence on our children's future success." 

Ossining Schools Superintendent Ray Sanchez was grateful for the work of Galef and Carlucci.

"I want to thank Assemblywoman Galef and Sen. Carlucci for working together to make sure our kids here in Ossining received adequate funding to extend our high-quality prekindergarten program," said Sanchez.

"This enormous grant will give our children a head start and the opportunity to succeed throughout their educational careers at no additional cost to the local taxpayer and no increase in the school budget.”

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August 28, 2014. There is still space available in Ossining’s full day Universal Prekindergarten at the Ossining Children’s Center. To be eligible to enroll – tuition free – children must reside within the Ossining School District, and be four years old by December 1 of this year. Taught by certified teachers, the curriculum mirrors the public school pre-k curriculum. Full-day prekindergarten in Ossining is an expansion of the 17-year Pre-K partnership between the School District and the Ossining Children's Center. Since 1997, the partnership – one of the first of its kind in New York State – has provided half-day Pre-K with the option of before and after school enrichment for the children of working parents.