NEW YORK (PIX11) – As Albany works out the details on universal pre-K funding, many parents and educators in New York City are looking forward to the real possibility of an influx of thousands of new full day public pre-K spots.
“The idea of public school is important to us,” Michael Grand of Cobble Hill said. He currently sends his son to a private preschool. It costs around 20 thousand dollars a year. “It’s a big financial burden,” he said. Grand said he’s hoping his son will get into public pre-K in their neighborhood next year.
Grand is not alone in his wait for a coveted pre-k spot. For years, anxious New York City families have applied for a limited number of seats.
“We applied to 4 or 5 different schools and this is the one we heard from, ” Brooklyn Parent Eric Zoll said Wednesday. He travels from a different school zone to come to PS 15 in Red Hook. His oldest child is in 2nd grade there and his young son is expected to attend pre-k at the school as well. Why, no private school for the Zoll family? “It’s too expensive, far too expensive,” he said.
If the State Assembly goes along with what the Senate has proposed, and Governor Cuomo approves it, funding for 53,000 full-day, pre-K spots will be available for New York City kids this September.
The de Blasio administration said Wednesday they are confident they city will be ready to accommodate and create all the those new seats in September.