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Office of Early Education & Reading Initiatives

Revised (Draft) Regents Policy Statement
Early Education for Student Achievement in a Global Community

August 2005

In July 2005, the Board of Regents put forth a revised (draft) early childhood policy statement, "Early Education for Student Achievement in a Global Community", based on current research and large-scale federal and state initiatives grounded in this research.  This action by the Regents reasserts their commitment to provide strong and enduring leadership to create a system of high quality early education for all children from birth through grade three.  This commitment is based on the belief that the fundamental purpose of New York Stateís early education system is to close the achievement gap earlier and to ensure that all young children are prepared to function productively in a global community.

The revised (draft) policy provides clear direction for strengthening early education based on current research and exemplary practice.  Upon review of public comment and needed action, the policy will be presented for adoption at the December 2005 Board of Regents meeting.

Presentation:  "Early Education in a Global Community"

The Department conducted a series of public discussion forums to engage the broader community in discussing the impact of the revised (draft) policy.  An opportunity was presented to the general public to participate in one of the scheduled public discussion forums and/or to submit written comments and recommendations for implementation of the revised policy.  All comments and recommendations will be reviewed and presented to the Board of Regents in an aggregate form at their November meeting.

Questions about the policy or the public discussion forums?  Please contact the Office of Early Education & Reading Initiatives at emsceeri@mail.nysed.gov.

Schedule of Public Discussion Forums

Location Date Time
New York City:

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 5th Avenue/ 6th Floor,
Conference Room B&C


Monday, September 19, 2005


10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.



New York State Education Department
Chancellorís Hall
89 Washington Ave

North Hawk entrance of the State Education Building.


Monday, September 19, 2005 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Nassau County:

Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Road


Tuesday, September 20, 2005


2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Suffolk County:

East Islip Library
381 East Main Street
East Islip


Wednesday, September 21, 2005


2 p.m. - 4 p.m

Buffalo & Erie Library
1 Lafayette Square


Thursday, September 22, 2005


2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Onondaga County Public Library - Central Library
The Galleries Of Syracuse
447 S. Salina St.

(Enter library main entrance on 2nd level of Galleries.  Take Center or left elevator to level A.)

Friday, September 23, 2005


2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Glens Falls:

Crandall Public Library
251 Glen Street


Monday, September 26, 2005


2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Broome Community College
Decker Health Science Center, Room 201
Hoyt Conference Center
Upper Front Street


Tuesday, September 27, 2005


2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Westchester County:

The Chappaqua Library
195 South Greeley Avenue


Thursday, September 29, 2005


2 p.m. - 4 p.m.