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Highlights from the Proposed Rochester City Budget 2024-2025

The Children’s Agenda has reviewed the City of Rochester’s proposed 2024-2025 budget to make recommendations on the best use of City funds to support children locally. We applaud the efforts of the Mayor and City Council to uplift children in a myriad of ways, and many more dollars impact children in this budget than we will mention here. At the same time, based on our understanding of children’s needs, including our polling of parents and input from our VIP (Very Invested Parents) parent leaders, we want to sharpen the City’s focus so there is potential for the greatest impact.

Data Disaggregation Fact Sheet – Early Intervention System

Disaggregated data are critical to ensuring all of New York’s children and families have equitable access to the services they need to thrive. By understanding who is and who is not being served by the state’s early childhood systems, we can better identify and address systemic inequities.

Some disaggregated data are available on children receiving Early Intervention services in the state, both through public reports and Freedom of Information Law requests, but county-level and intersectional (e.g., race and gender) data remain unavailable. This information is critical to ensure the State is providing equitable access to timely Early Intervention services, especially for children of color, low-income children, and those in rural or large urban areas.

This fact sheet is part of a collection that explores the state of data disaggregation in four of New York’s key early childhood systems: Early Intervention, Child Care, Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Special Education, and Behavioral Health. Please click here to view the full set, including recommendations for state and local leaders, as well as advocates, on ways to improve the collection and public reporting of disaggregated data across systems.

Data Disaggregation Fact Sheet – Pre-K and Preschool Special Education

Disaggregated data are critical to ensuring all of New York’s children and families have equitable access to the services they need to thrive. By understanding who is and who is not being served by the state’s early childhood systems, we can better identify and address systemic inequities. 

Enrollment data are published yearly for Pre-Kindergarten students around the state by gender, race/ethnicity, economically disadvantaged status, English Language Learner status, and disability status. While the count of Pre-K students with disabilities is available statewide, there is no additional disaggregation or information available on how those children are being served. This information is critical to ensuring students are receiving the supports they are entitled to by law. 

This fact sheet is part of a collection that explores the state of data disaggregation in four of New York’s key early childhood systems: Early Intervention, Child Care, Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Special Education, and Behavioral Health. Please click here to view the full set, including recommendations for state and local leaders, as well as advocates, on ways to improve the collection and public reporting of disaggregated data across systems.   

Data Disaggregation Fact Sheet – Child Care

Disaggregated data are critical to ensuring all of New York’s children and families have equitable access to the services they need to thrive. By understanding who is and who is not being served by the state’s early childhood systems, we can better identify and address systemic inequities.

There is little publicly available data regarding New York’s child care system, and no disaggregated data at all on the child care workforce or the children and families statewide who benefit from their services. While some state-level data exist on families receiving subsidized care, this is not enough to tell the story of how workers and families are experiencing the system and if their needs are truly being met.

This fact sheet is part of a collection that explores the state of data disaggregation in four of New York’s key early childhood systems: Early Intervention, Child Care, Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Special Education, and Behavioral Health. Please click here to view the full set, including recommendations for state and local leaders, as well as advocates, on ways to improve the collection and public reporting of disaggregated data across systems.

Data Disaggregation Fact Sheet – Behavioral Health

Disaggregated data are critical to ensuring all of New York’s children and families have equitable access to the services they need to thrive. By understanding who is and who is not being served by the state’s early childhood systems, we can better identify and address systemic inequities. 

New York’s children’s behavioral health system is complex, with minimal disaggregation of access and utilization data. While a lot of data are available at a regional- or county-level, few indicators are disaggregated further by important demographic categories like race, gender, or age group. These data limitations inhibit the State and community-based providers from identifying and meeting the unmet needs of children in the state, and prevent parents, advocates, and community stakeholders from being fully informed about the services they need in their communities.

This fact sheet is part of a collection that explores the state of data disaggregation in four of New York’s key early childhood systems: Early Intervention, Child Care, Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Special Education, and Behavioral Health. Please click here to view the full set, including recommendations for state and local leaders, as well as advocates, on ways to improve the collection and public reporting of disaggregated data across systems.

Data Disaggregation Fact Sheets – All

Disaggregated data are critical to ensuring all of New York’s children and families have equitable access to the services they need to thrive. By understanding who is and who is not being served by the state’s early childhood systems, we can better identify and address systemic inequities.

This collection of fact sheets explores the state of data disaggregation in four of New York’s key early childhood systems: Early Intervention, Child Care, Pre-Kindergarten & Preschool Special Education, and Behavioral Health. We also provide recommendations for state and local leaders, as well as advocates, on ways to improve the collection and public reporting of disaggregated data across systems.

The project was a collaboration between three of New York’s leading children’s advocacy organizations: The Children’s Agenda, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy. Funding was provided by The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights Education Fund.

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