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    New York City Leads the Way on Universal Pre-K for 3-Year-Olds

    ALBANY, NY (April 24, 2017) — In response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan announced Monday to expand pre-K to three-year-olds in New York City, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement:

    “Under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City has been a pioneer in expanding quality early learning,” said Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. “Investments in this area put children on a path to success in school and beyond. Access to high quality pre-K has been shown to reduce income inequality, improve short- and long-term outcomes for children, and even improve their economic security as adults. 

    “The Mayor has successfully fulfilled his initial campaign promise to provide high quality, full day pre-K to all four-year-olds in New York City. We look forward to supporting his efforts to expand this program to three-year-olds. 3-K for All will provide support to young learners while also relieving a great financial burden on families.

    “New York State should follow the example of New York City and Mayor de Blasio and provide universal access to Pre-K for three- and four-year-olds statewide. Supporting early childhood education will ensure that children across the entire state benefit from this essential program.”

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