Kindergarten is not mandatory in New York State with New York City being the exception. Many parents are concerned including Jessica Cruz, mother of three, as is Adam Barbanel-Fried from the community based organization 'Westchester United.' They spoke with GDNY on Thursday.
(Supporters gathered at St. Gabriel's in New Rochelle in support of mandatory kindergarten in New York. Photo courtesy of Adam Barbanel-Fried.)
Last week, supporters of a grass-roots effort to require kindergarten in New York rallied at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in New Rochelle to call on the state legislators to support a bill that would d just that.
NEW ROCHELLE - Parents are calling on state lawmakers to pass a bill that would guarantee children access to kindergarten programs throughout New York state.
More than 100 concerned parents occupied the auditorium last night at Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church in New Rochelle. Currently New York City, Rochester and Buffalo all provide kindergarten to young students. But, the programs aren't guaranteed in Westchester or Rockland.
Some parents say if the bill doesn't pass they won’t be able to afford private kindergarten for their children.
Hundreds of Westchester United members call on Speaker Silver to Guarantee Kindergarten.
Since 2012, when some threatened to cut back on if not eliminate kindergarten, Westchester United has been working to Guarantee Access to kindergarten. Our bill, focusing on Westchester and Rockland Counties, is supported by the Westchester and Rockland assembly delegation, a growing chorus of Senators, including the Westchester Board of Legislators, and other groups.
PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — As the push for universal prekindergarten in New York state makes headlines nearly every day, some educators and parents outside New York City are wondering if state leaders are getting ahead of themselves.
As CBS 2′s Lou Young reported, cash-strapped school districts have been cutting back on kindergarten classes — the only grade that is optional for school districts.
As anybody who reads local papers knows, there is an important political contest taking place in New York politics. The mayor and governor are arguing how to fund a full expansion to universal pre-kindergarten (UPK). Each side is holding firm, making moves, counter moves. The resolution of this conflict is important, not just for the game of politics between New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor, but for the future of all of New York State’s children.
Despite the hot, muggy weather—and the impending thunderstorm— hundreds packed into the JFK Early Learning Center gym in Port Chester last Thursday evening, July 26 for a rally led by a county-wide action network committed to protecting and guaranteeing access to kindergarten.