Children & Youth
Many residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley value priorities that affect children. Since 2002, public education has consistently ranked among residents’ top five concerns and now places third. Overall, residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley are satisfied with the quality of their public schools, but only slightly more than half think enough is spent on them.
Residents also place importance on after-school activities for children and teens. The issue appears among residents’ top ten priorities for the region. Residents divide about the quality of the activities available in their community, and nearly half of residents believe more money should be spent on them.
Mid-Hudson Valley residents also value providing quality child care. However, other issues are of greater concern. A majority of residents are pleased with the child care in their community, and half are satisfied with the level of funding allocated for it.