Deadline nears for NYC’s community-based universal pre-K seats

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A student enjoying the academic enrichment of a pre-k class.

By Carmen Glover

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has expanded his signature universal pre-K program by introducing a new application deadline for seats in community-based pre-K settings. The deadline to apply for those seats is June 26, while the deadline to apply for pre-K seats in public schools was April 23.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25:  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reads to children in a pre-kindergarten class at P.S. 130 on February 25, 2014 in New York City. De Blasio stopped by the classroom after a news conference about his plans for universal pre-kindergarten in New York City. (Photo by Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 25: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reads to children in a pre-kindergarten class at P.S. 130 on February 25, 2014 in New York City. De Blasio stopped by the classroom after a news conference about his plans for universal pre-kindergarten in New York City. (Photo by Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, de Blasio is offering a caveat to parents: allowing them to apply for seats in both public schools and community-based pre-K centers in order to boost their chances of obtaining a slot.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shares a moment with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Due to budgetary allocations of $300 million made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, more children are able to attend pre-K this coming September to finance universal pre-K, which has been a significant goal of New York City’s mayor de Blasio.

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Pre-K settings provide academic and social stimulation that set a great foundation for children.

The benefits that children experience when they participate in pre-K programs are many and the convenience of the program is instrumental in allowing parents to tackle other goals such as seeking employment and educational opportunities for themselves. To learn more about New York City’s universal pre-K program visit nyc.gov/pre-k.–OnPointPress.net

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