De Blasio announces plan to extend pre-K to 3-year-olds

Mayor de Blasio on Monday doubled down on one of his administration’s signature issues — universal pre-k for 4-year-olds – announcing plans to expand the full-day program to 3-year-olds by September 2021.

The program will be piloted in two districts in the coming school year — one in the south Bronx and one in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn — at a cost of $36 million.

When fully implemented, the program will cost $877 million a year.

Officials said the city is committing to $177 million and counting on the state and federal governments to pitch in with the remaining $700 million.

“It’s time to reach children earlier…because we know if we reach them even earlier we will have a much greater impact,” de Blasio said at PS 1 in The Bronx.

“We have proven through the growth of pre-k that it can be done and it can be done quickly.”

 

NY Post

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