With deadline to enroll in universal pre-K approaching, parents fear their child won’t get a seat

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THE BRONX (PIX11) — New York City parents have two more days to apply for free universal public pre-kindergarten programs.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promoted his signature effort Monday afternoon and encouraged families to apply saying, “You give kids full day pre-K with quality teaching, and it allows them to take off.”

Families can learn about pre-K offerings online or in-person at centers set up throughout the five boroughs.

School admissions consultant Joyce Szuflita cautions parents, “while we have many more seats available, there are not enough seats for all.”

With deadline to enroll in universal pre-K, parents fear their child won’t get a seat

This Bronx mother told PIX11 universal pre-K is a “Godsend.”

In neighborhoods like Park Slope where public schools are popular, “many of the zoned schools no longer have pre-K programs in the schools,” Szuflita said. “So many of the parents may be able to find seats available but they are going to have to travel a long distance.”

Children not accepted into public pre-K classes may apply for free programs at independent community organizations. Each of the community program manages its own admissions process.

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