The town was one of only 16 high-need school districts in the state to receive the funding.  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday, that $5 million has been awarded to 16 high-need school districts to increase access to quality pre-kindergarten for nearly 1,000 three and four-year-old students across New York.

The funding aims to support the expansion of pre-kindergarten to high-need or underserved districts as part of State's ongoing efforts to promote early education.

Governor Cuomo said:

Every child deserves a fair shot at a high-quality education. This funding will help level the academic playing field for children in these underserved communities, providing the opportunity to succeed, thrive and, ultimately, lead.

Saugerties, N.Y. in Ulster County was the only district in Hudson Valley to receive the funding. Saugerties will receive $265,054 out of the $5 million that was awarded.

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