Diversity in New York City’s Universal Pre-K Classrooms

Publication date: 
September, 2016

Diversity in New York City’s Universal Pre-K Classrooms

This report looks at one of the ways that New York City can make pre-K better: by giving more children the chance to learn in racially and socioeconomically diverse preschool classrooms.

Research shows that diverse classrooms offer important cognitive and social benefits, and universal pre-K creates an unprecedented opportunity to unlock these benefits for more children.

While the expansion of universal pre-K represents a huge advancement for early education in New York City, pre-K classrooms are currently more racially homogeneous, on average, than kindergarten classrooms.

Thoughtful policies could help create more diversity across pre-K classrooms...

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