Over 86% of New Yorkers want universal pre-k, poll says

De Blasio PreK

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Mayor Bill de Blasio got a stamp of approval on Wednesday after polls suggested that 86% of New Yorkers are in favor of funding for universal pre-K.

Quinnipiac University released the poll days after the State Assembly and State Senate budgets included full funding for universal pre-K in New York City.

“New York’s voters are clear – they want their elected officials to pass a budget that includes a real pre-K plan,” John Gold, Campaign Director of UPKNYC, said in a statement. “73,000 four-year-olds have places to go and teachers to teach them – they’re just waiting for the funding.”

The plan would call for $340 million in pre-K funding this year and $190 million on after-school programs. According to universal pre-k and after-school campaign, UPKNYC, pre-K applications are up almost 30%.

Economists and early childhood experts alike agree that investments made in pre-K and after-school programs provide major economic benefits in the short term and long term and avoid costly outcomes like incarceration, special education, teen pregnancy and future low earnings.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 469 other followers