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UPK in NYC: How universal is universal?


In this report, we will expand upon the challenges faced by non-traditional school sites offering UPK in NYC, including the policies contributing to those challenges. We’ll provide some insight into public charter schools that are successfully serving students and families of color and low-income students, by sharing the stories of a few key charter school programs around the city based on site visits. And we’ll provide recommendations for ways that the NYCDOE can address these challenges in order to provide equitable opportunities to all children participating in UPK. A key aspect of this report is the site visits conducted by the authors to some of the public charter schools which are implementing UPK already. Unfortunately due to COVID, the authors were not able to also conduct site visits for CBOs in NYC that are implementing UPK. (author abstract)

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