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What to look for in a pre-k
Pre-kindergarten is rapidly expanding in New York City as the mayor opens new seats. Every child is eligible to attend free pre-k the year he or she turns four. While the number of programs has increased dramatically since 2014, demand still exceeds the supply of seats in some neighborhoods. You may have to travel to find a spot for your child. The city is housing pre-kindergarten classes in a variety of places including public schools, religious schools, private nursery schools, child care centers and settlement houses. Most programs are full day (6 hours 20 minutes) and run 180 days a year just like the regular public school calendar year. Some are half day (2 ½ hours). Before signing up, make sure to visit the program. Watch our video for suggestions of what to look for.
 

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by Aimee Sabo Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:53
The call to action is different for every parent. For Naila Rosario of District 15 it was overcrowding and a lack of pre-k that led her to run for a Community Education Council seat four years ago. For Deborah Alexander of District 30, it was attending her first CEC meeting as a kindergarten mom and seeing parents fight on behalf of families whose needs were very different from their own. “I was blown away by that kind of selflessness and commitment to a broader cause,” Alexander said. “When it was over I wanted to do the same. Then when you get in you see how tricky it is.” Talk to any CEC member and you’ll hear that educational advocacy in New York City is much like parenting itself: fulfilling but frustrating. “It’s a lot of work,” said Alexander. “It’s daily emails and phone calls. T…
by Kendra Hurley Monday, 23 March 2015 16:47
Last week marked the start of New York City's pre-kindergarten application process. For about two seconds I fantasized about securing a coveted spot in a district school pre-k for my 3-year-old son. He'd be able to go on to kindergarten there; we'd have the next several years figured out, educationa…
by Insideschools staff Monday, 23 March 2015 15:23
If your child turns 4 this year, he or she is eligible for free pre-kindergarten, either in a public school or at a early childhood center run by a community organization. But how can you find one? And what is the quality of the programs? The staff of Insideschools and a panel of experts will tell …
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