As the city works to offer pre-K classes to all children, a coalition of early childhood education providers is calling for pay equality between their staffs and public school teachers.
Community-based organizations, such as settlement houses and other social service groups, educate thousands of children across the five boroughs as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s flagship pre-K initiatives.
“The city relies on our sector to provide pre-K classrooms,” said Susan Stamler, executive director of United Neighborhood Houses, which includes 40 settlement houses in the city. “Sixty percent of programs currently serving 4-year-olds are taking place in community-based settings.”
Though these community groups are independent from the city, the programs they offer are largely funded by city contracts.
“The way that [the city] contracts with settlement houses