Nearly twice as many city 4-year-olds vital in shelters got seats in city prekindergarten programs this year, compared with 2016, Education Department officials said.
In 2017, all 1,551 authorised kids who live in city shelters got pre-K seats for the school year that starts in September, up from 860 kids in shelters who got offers for seats in 2016.
The thespian boost came after the city Education Department’s tyro enrollment bureau changed policy to compare all authorised kids in shelters with pre-K programs, either they practical for seats or not.
Deputy Mayor Richard Buery pronounced the pre-K seats the city set aside for homeless kids are located nearby shelters.
“Even if they couldn’t contention an application, we’ve nonetheless held a chair for them,” Buery said. “This removes one some-more challenge, one some-more bit of attrition that can that can keep kids from those programs.”
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