Pre-K ex­pand plan re­vealed

New York Post - - NEWS -

City Hall on Thurs­day an­nounced plans to ex­pand its pre-K ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram for 3-year-olds in six new neigh­bor­hoods over the next three years.

The free, full-day 3-K ex­pan­sion comes in three phases, be­gin­ning with District 4, in East Har­lem and District 7, in Queens, for the 2018-2019 school year.

In fall 2019, the pro­gram will come to District 9 in The Bronx and District 31 in Staten Is­land, fol­lowed by District 19 in East New York and District 29 in south­east Queens in Septem­ber 2020.

The pro­gram is cur­rently in its first year in District 7 in the South Bronx and District 23 in Brownsville, at an op­er­at­ing cost of $36 mil­lion. Once all eight dis­tricts are run­ning at full ca­pac­ity in 2022, the op­er­at­ing cost will be $180 mil­lion an­nu­ally, of­fi­cials said.

Mayor de Bla­sio said the plan calls for in­creased fed­eral and state funds to ex­pand the plan to the re­main­ing school dis­tricts in 2021.

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