After years of hard work, Mayor Bill de Blasio has seen his dream of universal pre-k become a reality.
He visited pre-k classrooms in all five boroughs yesterday, welcoming some of the more than 50,000 young kids to their first day of school.
“Welcoming people to this incredibly historic moment, I have to say for Chirlane and I, this is a moment of fulfillment, a dream we’ve had for a long time finally coming to fruition,” de Blasio said.
Mayor de Blasio campaigned on the idea of universal pre-k last year and spent much of his early months in office pushing Albany for the funding. Pre-k is free for parents and the mayor hopes to expand the program to all eligible students next year.
“Every one of those children has a strong foundation. It’s going to help other children. The whole classroom experience is going to improve,” he said.
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