Computer Science for All

Chancellor Carmen Farina joins students learning computer science skills at the one-year anniversary of the launch of CS4All.

Chancellor Carmen Farina joins students learning computer science skills at the one-year anniversary of the launch of CS4All.

 
 

We should be “offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one,” proclaimed President Obama in January 2016. At the time, New York City was well on its way to that goal, already four months in on the largest K-12 computer science education initiative in the nation.

Computer Science for All (CS4All), the NYC Department of Education’s groundbreaking initiative, will bring CS education to every student in every elementary, middle, and high school by 2025. The $81 million public-private partnership, for which The Fund will raise $40 million, has already seen impressive progress. 

“The city’s tech industry is growing, yet before Computer Science for All, fewer than five percent of our public school students had even the most basic skills necessary to apply for these jobs," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. Through this program, we’re laying the groundwork today so that our kids can apply for these jobs tomorrow.”

CS4All is a public-private partnership with New York City supported by a range of foundations, corporations, nonprofits, families, and individuals. Major partners include CSNYC; Robin Hood; Math for America (MfA); Robin Hood Learning and Technology Fund; Oath Foundation; Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.; the Hutchins Family Foundation; and Paulson Family Foundation. They are joined by additional partners such as Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz; Hearst Foundations; the Ron Conway Family; The Rudin Foundation and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; ABNY Foundation; Accenture; and Arconic Foundation. The Fund for Public Schools, CSNYC and the Office of Strategic Partnerships at City Hall work together to develop and manage these partnerships.

New York employers alone will create 200,000 technology jobs over the next decade, and CS4All will provide equitable access to the skills required to fill them. Because the city's public schools reflect the city's diversity, the program enables the sector’s future workforce to more likely reflect that diversity than it currently does.