UPK Bronx Rally Attracts Families, Elected Officials

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Hundreds of youth, parents, advocates and youth services providers attended the Bronx Community Action Meeting last Thursday, February 27th, in support of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to provide Universal Pre-Kindergarten to all of New York City’s four year olds. The rally, hosted by Campaign for Children and UPKNYC, also drew the attention of several government officials. Joining the community members in support of this initiative were City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Senator Jose M. Serrano, Senator Gustavo Rivera and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson.

The new plan would close the gap for over 53,000 children who receive part-time Pre-K or none at all. At full implementation, more than 73,000 four year olds would be enrolled in a full-day school. In addition, this new initiative would greatly expand after-school learning opportunities for nearly 120,000 middle school students including academics, culture and athletics between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Photo: Senator Jose M. Serrano and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson at the Bronx Community Action Meeting last Thursday, February 27th.