Parents who missed the April “Pre-K for Everyone” registration deadline for their child can still apply.
By SÍLE MOLONEY
Parents who missed the April 19 registration deadline to enroll their child in the “Pre-K for All” program can still apply, according to the New York City Department of Education (DOE).
New York Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced on Friday, May 28, that a record ninety-one percent of families had received an offer for one of their top three choices for pre-kindergarten education free, full day and high quality. Seventy-seven percent of families have received an offer for their premier program, as per 2020. There are 57,511 families receiving Pre-K for All offers as of May 29, including all families who have applied. before the April deadline.
Porter said Pre-K for All is a national model for making high-quality early childhood education accessible and that it positions New York City to succeed as the city recovers from the pandemic. “I am so excited for the tens of thousands of families receiving their Pre-K offer letters today, ninety-one percent of whom have received an offer for one of their premier programs! We are grateful to our dedicated teachers, staff and suppliers who continue to go above and beyond for our families, ”she said.
Officials from the New York Department of Education (DOE) said the agency is committed to creating more diversity in pre-K classrooms and, this year, the Diversity in Schools pilot project. admissions expanded to include 42 pre-K programs, including all District 1 district programs.
For the fourth year, New York’s Early Childhood Education Centers, community organizations that partner with DOE to provide early childhood services, are also participating in the program. The Diversity in Admissions pilot programs prioritize in their admissions children who qualify for a free or reduced price lunch (FRL), are emerging multilingual learners (EMLL), are students in temporary accommodation (STH), who reside in public housing, and / or have been in the child welfare system or have been affected by incarceration.
Eight of the 16 schools in District 1 are within their target range of offerings, and all but three of the 26 programs outside of District 1 have met their diversity goals.
Every New York City family with a child born in 2017 is eligible for Pre-K for All this fall, and families can still register. A seat is available for each four-year-old throughout the city. Families who missed the deadline can explore program options and join waitlists for programs of interest via https://www.myschools.nyc/en/, or by contacting the programs directly. Families who need additional assistance can call (718) 935-2009.
According to the DOE, thanks to Pre-K for All, the number of four-year-olds enrolled in a free, full-day, high-quality pre-K program has tripled from 19,000 in 2014. Department officials said the results of the 2020 New York Schools Survey. show that families of 3-K and Pre-K for All students continue to feel supported by their programs, with 98% of families reporting feeling good about the way their child’s teacher has helped their child adjust to 3-K or pre-K, and 96 percent of families report that their child’s teacher provides helpful ideas on how they can support their child’s learning.
Department officials said parents with kids enrolled in a free full-day pre-K program save an average of $ 10,000 a year on child care costs, and a NYU study found that Pre-K for All makes low-income child more likely in New York City to be diagnosed with asthma or vision problems and receive screening or treatment for hearing or vision problems.
DOE officials said Pre-K for All also had an impact on academic performance and closed the achievement gap. The NYS 2019 Grade 3 test mirrors the first year test takers were in Pre-K for All, which was in its first year of expansion in 2014-2015.
According to the results of the 2019 state tests, the achievement gaps between white-black and white-Hispanic were more limited for students who attended Kindergarten for All compared to those who did not. not done, which officials say illustrates the long-term benefits of the program. In addition, third-grade students who attended Kindergarten for All outperformed students who did not attend Kindergarten for All.
Building on the success of Pre-K for All, the City recently announced the expansion of 3-K for All to every school district this fall, giving 40,000 three-year-olds a free, one-day early childhood. complete and of high quality. education throughout the city. DOE officials say this makes significant progress towards achieving universal 3-K access by September 2023.
Reacting to the announcement, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said access to free, high-quality early education had transformed the lives of working families in the five boroughs, offering d ‘countless children an invaluable head start in school and in life. “Now, as we build a recovery for all of us, more children will have the head start they need to grow and thrive,” the mayor said.