City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is continuing her push to make sure all 5-year-olds go to kindergarten. The state Senate Education Committee has signed off on a bill which would give New York City the right to make kindergarten mandatory and Quinn is sponsoring a petition drive to urge the State Legislature to take action before the summer break.
All 5-year-olds are guaranteed a seat in kindergarten but they are not required to enter school until 1st grade.
Here's what Quinn suggests parents can do to help make kindergarten compulsory in New York City:
- "Sign our "Kindergarten is a Right" petition and urge your friends, family and neighbors to do the same! You can find the petition online here.
- Post our petition to your Facebook page and Twitter account.
- Visit your local day care centers and UPK programs during pick-up and drop-off hours and hand out hard copies of the petition and encourage parents to sign it. A paper version can be downloaded for printing here.
- If you have children in school, contact your school's parent association and encourage them to get involved in our campaign.
- Contact your local community board and Community Education Council (CEC) and ask them to pass a resolution in support of mandatory kindergarten. To find your local community board and CEC click here and here."