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Southeast Queens gets over three thousand pre-K seats

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Full day Pre-K seats are now available.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a visit to Queens Village Friday night, made the announcement that more than 10,000 new pre kindergarten seats will be coming to early childhood centers. Of the five boroughs, Queens received the most seats. Jamaica and Flushing, considered high need areas, received the highest share of seats in the borough with approximately 500 seats each. In total, neighborhoods in the Southeast Queens school districts are receiving over three thousand seats. This is a boom for cash strapped parents.

“We fought hard to get these seats to the area,” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller in an interview after the seats were announced. “We want to spread the word to the community that they are available."

Parents can register for the seats immediately. The deadline for applying is June 26th. As one form can be applied to several of the community based organization that have the pre-K seats, it eliminates the need for repetition. Parents can look up which organizations have seats available by visiting www.schools.nyc.gov and fill out online forms by clicking here.

For those without access to the internet, there are several sites that can assist. Various branches of The Queens Library offer free access to computers for card holders. In Far Rockaway, the Computer Learning Lab at the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation offers an open lab. Users can call 718-327-5300 for available times. Parents should also use 311 to be directed to additional information.

Research indicates that children who receive a high quality education before they are five are more likely to graduate from high school, own homes and less likely to face future troubles with the law.

These seats are for the upcoming fall semester.

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