Statements of support for Public Advocate de Blasio’s plan to provide Pre-K for every four-year old and dramatically expand after-school programs for middle school students
“CCC applauds Public Advocate de Blasio for releasing an ambitious plan to significantly expand children's access to early education and after-school opportunities that have been proven to improve educational and economic outcomes. We look forward to working with the Public Advocate, Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and the City Council to strengthen and expand child care and after-school services for all children,” said Jennifer March-Joly of the Citizens’ Committee for Children. “The health and stability of these systems today and the ability of the city to serve greater numbers of children and youth tomorrow, will define what kind of city New York is.”
In a statement of support, the Campaign for Children said, “Following the City Council and Administration’s historic restoration of $150 million to the child care and after-school systems in the 2012 budget, we are thrilled to see our elected leaders continuing to prioritize the expansion and improvement of these essential systems. We applaud Public Advocate de Blasio for today putting forward a bold, expansive, fully funded plan to ensure quality pre-K and after-school for many of New York's children. We look forward to working with the Public Advocate, City Council, Mayor and other elected officials to develop a plan to make long-term investments in stable, reliable and sustainable systems for New York's children and families.”
“Better educational opportunities for our children should be the first budget priority for New York City, and I applaud the Public Advocate for coming with a bold plan to help our children and our schools succeed,” said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.
“Our economic future is all about education, and the research shows more and more that starting earlier and extending learning time are some of the best tools to equip kids to succeed. Bill is right: it's time to think big and lay a foundation that doesn't leave kids behind,” said Ernest Logan, President of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.
Transcript and video of remarks at ABNY: http://advocate.nyc.gov/our-future
Fact sheet: http://advocate.nyc.gov/files/DeBlasioEducationInvestmentFactSheet.pdf