De Blasio Celebrates City Meeting Pre-K Enrollment Target; Defends Accommodation With Jewish Schools

by Jacob Kornbluh

November 13, 2014

New York City has successfully enrolled 53,230 children in high-quality, full-day pre-K this fall, reaching its initial target of 53,000, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.

“I’m here to say today that we’re happy to announce that we do have a final figure – and it’s a great figure – for the number of kids who are getting full-day high-quality pre-k in New York City today – 53,230, in seats as we speak. And that’s an accomplishment that everyone up here deserves credit for,” Mayor de Blasio said during a press conference with City officials and Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, after touring a school in Manhattan.

Of the children enrolled in full-day pre-K, 17,152 are in Brooklyn, 13,576 are in Queens, 12,127 are in the Bronx, 7,255 are in Manhattan and 3,120 are in Staten Island.

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