(Released February 7th, 2012) Public Policy and Education Fund (PPEF).  Early childhood education is the cornerstone of our educational system. With benefits that include higher academic achievement, higher earnings as adults, a more productive civic life, high quality early childhood education is a proven-to-work strategy for all children. Yet, New York State’s investment in early childhood programs and specifically in the Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) program has decreased over the years.

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