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Mayor Bill de Blasio announces new plan to recruit pre-K teachers

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This September, the Department of Education will need a maximum of 1,000 new quality lead teachers to instruct 53,600 children as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's universal pre-kindergarten plan, according to a report released by de Blasio on Tuesday afternoon.

Another 1,000 teachers will be needed to fully implement universal pre-K for the following year. As of Tuesday, the number of eligible and interested applicants is projected at up to 8,000 teachers.

“No single factor is more important to starting a child’s education right than ensuring that child has an excellent teacher," de Blasio said in a statement. "I have seen what a difference it can make firsthand with my own children. We have put in place the building blocks to make sure we have trained and qualified professionals in every single classroom.”

De Blasio also announced a $6.7 million partnership with the City University of New York and its Early Childhood Professional Development Institute that will help 400 New Yorkers receive certification to teach pre-K by next September, the report added. To qualify, pre-K teachers in public schools and community organizations must have their bachelor's degree and earn early childhood state certification as well as a master's degree.

The Department of Education will host recruiting events throughout the five boroughs, focusing on the parts of the city that have a large number of new classrooms. The department also plans to launch a "Teach NYC Pre-K" subway advertising campaign this spring.

Those who are interested in teaching pre-K can fill out the Department of Education's Pre-K Teacher Express Interest survey to receive information on upcoming opportunities to teach pre-K in New York City public schools and community organizations.