Mayor Adams restores $500 million for education, leaves open-ended questions about free child care in NYC

After a tumultuous back-and-forth between City Hall and the council over budget cuts this year, NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday new funding for education programs facing the chopping block — although the future of Pre-K and 3-K still remains unclear.

Just three weeks after the NYC Council found more than $6 billion in additional funding that some say could be used to reverse Adams’ slew of cuts, the mayor said during a press conference at P.S. 34 in the East Village that he will protect key education programs with $514 million in restored funding from the city and state. Most of the funding will go toward mental health care, career readiness and literacy programs for public schools.