Crowley Announces Full-Day Pre-K At P.S. 91
P.S. 91 has been approved by the Department of Education (DOE) for additional full-day universal pre-kindergarten seats for the 2013-2014 school year, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) announced. The DOE’s universal pre-kindergarten program gives children the tools they need for future academic success and is provided free of charge to all students. New York City has approximately 60,000 pre-kindergarten seats, and the mayor and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced in September an expansion of full-day pre-kindergarten classes. Full-day classes allow students more opportunities to learn, and it also benefits parents who can’t afford to leave work midday to pick up their children.
“Pre-K programs offer an early start and build greater academic success for our students,” said Crowley. “The expansion of full-day classes at P.S. 91 is a tremendous benefit for our students and school community, and I will continue to work hard to build more educational opportunities.”
The DOE runs pre-kindergarten classes in public schools and through Community Based Organizations (CBO). The CBOs with universal pre-kindergarten classes in Crowley’s district include the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Christ The King, Maspeth Town Hall, and more. The other public schools with these classes are: P.S. 68, P.S. 87, P.S. 88, P.S. 153, P.S. 229, and P.S. 239.
Applications for universal pre-kindergarten begin in early March. Families will be able to apply online or at the DOE enrollment office at 28-11 Queens Plaza North in Long Island City. For more information on universal pre-kindergarten programs and how to apply, visit www.schools.nyc.gov or call Crowley’s office at 718-366-3900.