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Bill de Blasio speaks about pre-k

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Mayor Bill de Blasio believes that money is all that is standing between Staten Island and the city receiving morew full day Pre-K funding. This news was discussed at a Chinatown school today (February 26) added The Staten island Advance. "Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has the classroom seats to ramp up its full-day pre-kindergarten program, including on Staten Island, this year -- it just needs the money," added http://www.silive.com.

Pre-K space is possible on Staten Island for full day programs

"We can and will secure the space. We can and will hire the professionals," de Blasio said today, added The Advance. "And all of that can only happen if we get reliable funding and sufficient funding. The practical elements are in place and ready to go. The funding is not yet," according to de Blasio, added the report. "The mayor's plan calls for increasing all-day pre-k in stages, with 53,600 children in pre-k by this September, compared to the about 20,000 children in the program now," added The Advance. "That means adding or converting 21,000 pre-k seats to fit the universal pre-k program - that, in addition to upgrading another 13,000 Administration for Children's Services Early Learn programs, will get the mayor to his goal," according to The Advance.

"But public schools and community-based organizations have already proposed 8,000 more seats than needed to hit the mayor's September benchmark, he said Tuesday at a Chinatown school," added the report. "Today's announcement makes clear that this expansion is very, very real, and this school system is about to make history," de Blasio said in Chinatown, according to the report. "On Staten Island, we see a tripling of interest," de Blasio said to the media, according to the report, "with 26 sites applying for the program last year, and 80 applying this year. New, standalone pre-k classes possible Of those 80 applications on Staten Island, just 28 came from public schools; the other 52 were from community-based organizations." "While there's more than enough seats proposed to meet the mayor's goal, not every one of those seats or programs will necessarily be approved," added The Advance. "Every one of these proposals is going to be subject to the highest standards and the most rigorous evaluation," de Blasio said to the media in Chinatown. "And we're going to make sure that we choose the absolute best among the options available."

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