Implementing full-day prekindergarten across New York would cost about $1.6 billion a year when it is fully phased in — three times what Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to pay over the next five years.
State Education Commissioner John King yesterday offered the estimate during testimony at a budget hearing in January 2014. He said the state already spends about $400 million a year on half-day kindergarten.
In his 2014 budget address, Cuomo pledged $100 million a year for prekindergarten, expanding to $500 million a year by the fifth year.
The Democrat and Chronicle created this database of all the students enrolled in pre-K programs and the amount of funding provided to each school district, based on state Education Department data.