On March 14 several city officials toured the Sunnyside Community Services' universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program. The officials on hand included NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Assembly's Education Committee Cathy Nolan and State Senator Michael Gianaris.
Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer had already visited Sunnyside Community Services' pre-k program once before on March 7. At the time he met with students of the program as well as the executive director of the Sunnyside Community Services, Judy Zangwill.
The new program is part of Mayor de Blaisio's UPK plan, which would help create over 50,000 additional full day pre-k seats to those in need from every part of the city. One exact estimate for the number of children from throughout the city that would be served by such a plan is 73,250. Council Majority Leader Van Bramer has been a strong supporter of this plan since its inception.