New York City Schools Chancellor and City Council Speaker Visit East Harlem

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Expanding early childhood services—especially pre-K programs—has been a centerpiece of Mayor DeBlasio’s administration. So it was a great honor for The Children’s Aid Society that his chancellor of schools, Carmen Fariña, along with Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the New York City council, came to the East Harlem Center to promote pre-K seats to the city’s Spanish speakers.

Television crews and other media outlets followed the chancellor and the speaker as they toured classrooms, interacted with our children, and then held a Spanish-language press conference directed to Latino families. Fariña wants to make sure that all the households where Spanish is the predominant language know that the deadline for applications to pre-K programs is June 26.

"We really want the word to get out there so no one misses it simply because they weren't aware," said Fariña, in a story by DNAinfo.

Children’s Aid’s interim president and CEO William Weisberg led the group on the tour of the facilities. And Tina Gonzalez, the deputy director of the East Harlem Center, opened the press conference on behalf of the agency. It was truly a thrill to be held up as a leader in providing fundamental early childhood services to the city’s children.