- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state of New York is dividing $30 million among 34 high-need school districts around the state for prekindergarten programs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding award on Friday. The money will support the expansion of prekindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Nearly 3,300 students will be covered by the funding. Districts had to apply for the money, which was awarded based on a variety of factors including districts with the greatest need.

Districts receiving the money are scattered throughout the state, with the largest grants going to Rochester, which will receive nearly $12 million, and Syracuse, which will receive more than $3 million.

Cuomo says early education can make a significant impact on a child’s later success and that the investment will pay off in the years to come.

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