August 29, 2015
Mayor hits barber shops and beauty salons in East Flatbush, Commissioners speaking at churches, organizers canvassing streets and congregations in all five boroughs
Still time left to sign up: parents can visit nyc.gov/prek or call 311 to find pre-K programs with available seats
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, elected officials and administration leadership are fanning out across the five boroughs this weekend in a last big push to enroll children in Pre-K for All. With classes beginning on September 9th, families still have an opportunity to apply and secure a free, full-day, high-quality pre-K seat for their child. All children who turn four years old in 2015 are eligible, and every child will be offered a placement.
Mayor de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery will join organizers on Saturday at barber shops and beauty salons in East Flatbush to urge parents who haven’t yet applied for pre-K to do so. Five other leaders from the administration will speak at major churches, and organizers will set up tables at 22 more congregations to answer parents’ questions and help them apply for pre-K on the spot. Their efforts are targeted at communities where there are still four-year olds not yet enrolled in a program.
Families can apply by:
“We’re not leaving a single stone unturned. The response we’ve received from parents so far has been extraordinary, but we are going to work street by street, family by family, until we reach every four-year old,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “My message to parents, as a father who saw his own kids benefit from pre-K firsthand, is to seize the opportunity now. It will change your child’s life.”
Last fall, New York City enrolled more than 53,000 children in full-day pre-K at district schools, charter schools, and NYC Early Childhood Centers. This year’s expansion is expected to reach approximately 70,000 children in more than 1,900 programs across every borough and neighborhood. Because of free Pre-K for All programs, the average family saves more than $10,000 each year in childcare costs.
Weekend Organizing Activities