Anticipated New Grants from NYSED

Anticipated New Grants from NYSED 2019-2020

Early College High Schools. New York currently has 70 early college high school programs serving thousands of students in every region of the State. These programs allow students to get a jump start on college by providing opportunities to earn college credit or an associate’s degree. To build upon the success of the existing programs, the Budget commits an additional $9 million to create at least 15 new early college high school programs. This expansion will target communities with low graduation or college access rates and will align new schools with the in-demand public infrastructure and computer science sectors.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Access. New York State has one of the highest rates of participation in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework in the country. Unfortunately, the cost of assessments associated with these courses can serve as a barrier to student participation, especially for students from low-income households. While partial supports exist, the remaining costs can still be a burden. The FY 2020 Budget includes an additional $1.8 million—$5.8 million total—to subsidize AP and IB exam fees for thousands of low income students across the State. The Budget also provides $1 million in grants to support school districts and BOCES that wish to provide advanced courses and do not currently do so or else do so only on a very limited basis. Combined, these initiatives will provide further access to advanced coursework for low-income students and will promote educational equity across the State.

Empire State After School Program

The FY 2020 Budget provides $10 million to fund a third round of Empire State After School awards. These funds will provide an additional 6,250 students with public after school care in high-need communities across the State. Funding will be targeted to school districts with high rates of childhood homelessness and communities vulnerable or at-risk to gang activity. This expansion will provide more young people with safe environments to engage in sports, music,and other educational programming during after school hours.

Eligibility: Eligible school districts:

  • are located in municipalities identified in the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) pursuant to Chapter 55 of the laws of 2016; or
  • are located in counties with a child poverty rate in excess of 30 percent as determined by the 2015 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) produced by the United States Census Bureau; or
  • are located in a school district with a child poverty count greater than 5,000 but less than 20,000, as determined by the 2015 SAIPE; or
  • have a child poverty rate in excess of 30 percent as determined by the 2015 SAIPE.

No WFL BOCES districts were eligible in 2017 for this grant.


The Budget includes an additional $15 million investment in prekindergarten to expand high quality half-day and full-day prekindergarten instruction for 3,000 three- and four-year-old children in high-need school districts. Preference for these funds will be given to the few remaining high-need school districts currently without a prekindergarten program, and will focus on including students in integrated or community-based settings. The State will also continue its $5 million investment in the implementation of QUALITYstarsNY, a quality rating and improvement system intended to ensure New York’s youngest students are enrolled in the highest quality prekindergarten programs possible.

Improving School Mental Health. Trauma at early ages has been found to lead to learning difficulties and ongoing behavior problems. To better support students, the Budget invests $1.5 million to create enhanced mental health and school climate support grants for middle schools and junior high schools. These funds can be used to provide wrap-around mental health services, improve school climate, combat violence and bullying, and support social-emotional learning.

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