NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing free, full-day early childhood education for all of New York City’s 3-year-olds by the fall of 2021.
De Blasio said Monday that the city hopes to launch a pilot of the “3-K” program next fall year at a cost of $36 million. But the state and federal governments would have to pitch in.
The cost would rise to $177 million when the program is fully in place.
The pilot program would focus on low-income districts in the South Bronx and Brownville, Brooklyn.
De Blasio has promoted universal pre-K as his administration’s signature achievement.
The administration says the city has more than tripled the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in free, full-day pre-K.
This story has been corrected to show the mayor’s announcement was Monday, not Wednesday.
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