Early Learning Council 2014


Mayor Lovely A. Warren convened the Early Learning Council in March 2014 in response to Governor Cuomo’s proposal to expand New York State’s pre-K program. The governor’s plan created $1.5 billion in competitive pre-K grants and opened up the program to charter schools, which had previously been ineligible for pre-K funding.

Mayor's 3-to-3 Initiative 

Council Scope

The Early Learning Council:

  • Led a robust public discussion about the challenges and opportunities inherent in educating Rochester’s youngest and most vulnerable students.
  • Convened a series of public hearings, inviting parents, practitioners and early childhood experts to present feedback on the current Pre-K delivery in Rochester and explore local and national models.
  • Reported on the status of Rochester’s current pre-K program, including current and projected enrollment, funding sources, the supply of high-quality professional development and barriers to access and expansion.
  • Recommended program and policy changes to improve Rochester’s pre-K program, including concrete strategies to expand access, improve quality and increase parental choice.  
  • Lobby for Rochester’s fair share of federal and state pre-K funding.

Read the full report from the Early Learning Council. 

Meeting, Public Hearings and Testimony

Focus groups for parents and pre-K service providers were conducted. Topics of discussion included:

  • Defining “high-quality” pre-K
  • Navigating Rochester’s pre-K choices
  • Pre-K for all of our children
  • Increasing pre-K parent involvement.

The ELC incorporated the input received at the focus groups in its report to the Mayor. 

The Council completed three public hearings and two public meetings.

Council Membership

The Council is comprised of early childhood experts, business leaders, funders, practitioners and parents. The Council was staffed by Allen Williams, the City of Rochester’s Director of Special Projects and Marisol O. Ramos-Lopez, the Commissioner of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services. 

Early Learning Council Members