That “3” is not a typo, folks. Mayor de Blasio has recently announced the city’s plans to provide a free, full day of school to all three-year-olds in New York City. The program kicks off in the fall for schools in the South Bronx and Brownsville.
By the fall of 2020, at least six more districts will be added, with an ultimate goal of universal 3K For All by 2021. Plans for Staten Island schools have not been announced yet, but we will keep you updated as we learn more from the DOE.
“The research is clear – investment in early childhood education reaps benefits for students, families and communities for years to come. Using the successful model we developed for Pre-K for All, we are doubling down with free, full-day, high-quality 3-K for All for our three-year-olds. This extra year of education will provide our children with a level of academic and social development that they cannot get later on, while at the same time, alleviating some of the strain New York City’s working families face today,” said Mayor de Blasio.
Parents on our Facebook page seem conflicted by the program. Some feel three is too young for a full day of school, while others wonder if public schools are equipped to handle the needs of toddlers. Others have a more positive attitude, noting that the program will offset the hefty costs of daycare for working parents.
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Click here to learn more about 3K For All or to request more info from the Department of Education.