Got a story about universal pre-K and after-school? Share it: StoriesTumblr (3.0; @upknyc) “Our daughter [pictured] is turning 4 in May,“ writes...<img src=""/><br/><br/><blockquote> <p><span>“Our daughter [pictured] is turning 4 in May,“ writes Jessica from Manhattan, "and we would love to have full-day UPK for her this year. We want her to be enrolled in a quality program with children from her neighborhood, and our work schedule requires a full-day program.”</span></p> </blockquote> <p><span>Got your own photos, videos, or text to share? Help get the word out that these programs matter: <a href=""></a></span></p>, 30 Mar 2014 12:04:00 -0400pre-kindergartennycNew York Citysocial justiceearly childhood educationeducationpre-Kuniversal pre-Knews"They were so excited to come to school"<p><span>Donna from Manhattan says:</span></p> <blockquote> <p><span>“In 1970 I taught pre-K for 1 year as part of the More Effective Schools program in East Harlem, NYC.  Unfortunately the program lost funding.  These little ones came from disadvantaged homes, most with single working parents and multiple siblings.  They were so excited to come to school and learned so much in that classroom - educationally and socially - and enjoyed the structure and wonderful activities which they would not have experienced at home.</span></p> <p><span>“I loved seeing their joy in discovering new things and felt rewarded to see the growth that took place. I am sure it prepared them well for Kindergarten. Now that I’m a grandma, I see the same curiosity, spirit, and desire to learn in my 3 ½ year-old twin grandbabies. All young children should have the opportunity to attend pre-K.”</span></p> </blockquote> <p><span>Share your own reasons for supporting universal pre-K and after-school: <a href=""></a></span></p>, 29 Mar 2014 12:04:00 -0400pre-kindergartennycearly childhood educationsocial justiceNew York Cityeducationpre-Kuniversal pre-knews"A beautiful idea, and a necessary resource"<p><span>Megan from Brooklyn writes:</span></p> <blockquote> <p><span>“My husband has one full-time and 2 part-time jobs, and I have one full-time job, and yet we are still struggling to make ends meet. The thought of the money we’ll spend on day care by the time he can go to public school is incredibly daunting, to say the least. Universal pre-K sounds like a God-send to me. </span></p> <p><span>“Why shouldn’t our children’s formal education start before Kindergarten? We teach our son as much as we can at home during our precious and rare free time with him, but the idea that his education can continue on while we work hard to support our family in this tough economy gives me hope. It’s a beautiful idea, and a necessary resource that all families should have access to. I truly hope this moves forward and that my son and so many other children will benefit from universal pre-K.</span></p> </blockquote> <p><span>Share your story: <a href=""></a></span></p>, 28 Mar 2014 12:04:00 -0400pre-kindergartenearly childhood educationsocial justicenycNew York Citybrooklynpre-Knewsuniversal pre-Keducation"Besides learning your ABCs you learn the importance of making friends and building..."“Besides learning your ABCs you learn the importance of making friends and building peer-relationships. Watching a child come home excited about what they learned in Pre-K – whether it be a song or letter from the alphabet – builds enthusiasm around learning.”<br/><br/> - <em><p>Lindsey from the Bronx</p> <p>Got something to add? Share your own story at <a href=""></a></p></em>, 24 Mar 2014 10:48:00 -0400nycnew york citypre-kindergartenearly educationbronxpre-Kuniversal pre-knewseducation"An essential first step"<blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">“NYC’s universal pre-K plan will give children of poverty-stricken, non-English speaking, and dysfunctional families the opportunity to get ready for kindergarten,” writes Virginia, an educator from Manhattan.</p> <p class="TableStyle2">“Kindergarten is preparation for Grades 1 and 2, and the ability to read is essential for self-esteem and academic success. You can only do well in kindergarten by knowing the basics of social behavior and school protocols as well as age-appropriate fluency in the language(s) of instruction. Pre-K is an essential first step in our kids’ learning.”</p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">Got a story about universal pre-K and after-school? Share it: <a href=""></a></p>, 24 Mar 2014 10:18:00 -0400nycnew york citypre-kindergartenearly childhood educationmanhattansocial justicepre-Kuniversal pre-knewseducation"400 applicants for 36 spots"<p class="TableStyle2">Leah from the Upper East Side writes:</p> <blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">“My son [pictured] turns 4 this year. He has overcome so many challenges since being diagnosed with torticollis. The preschool in our neighborhood had over 400 applicants last year for 36 spots. The average price for half day private preschool in our neighborhood is over $15k.</p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2"><img alt="image" src=""/></p> <blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">“We would hate to see our son miss a year of potential development after how hard he has worked. Please pass the pre-k programs to help all of the awesome NYC kids.” </p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">Send us your own pictures, videos, and text – anything that tells your story: <a href=""></a></p>, 24 Mar 2014 10:16:00 -0400upper east sidenew york citynycpre-kindergartenearly childhood educationsocial justicepre-knewsuniversal pre-keducation"It would relieve an enormous financial stress"<p class="TableStyle2">Hope from Brooklyn says:</p> <blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">“My four-year-old daughter, Georgia [pictured], has a little brother who is almost two. My husband and I are lucky: our children are happy, healthy, and developing normally. They attend a little school in our neighborhood, and they are well taken care of and learning a lot. The only downside is that it costs us $38,000 a year.</p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2"><img alt="image" src=""/><span> </span></p> <blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">“Obviously, if my daughter got a seat in quality, full day pre-k, it would relieve an enormous financial stress on my family – but that is far from the only reason I think pre-k is so important. I know a lot of four year olds, through my daughter. They are curious, and crave knowledge. There is no question in my mind that they should all be in school.”</p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">Join New Yorkers like Hope who are sharing their stories online: <a href=""></a></p>, 24 Mar 2014 10:14:00 -0400nycnew york citypre-kindergartenearly childhood educationsocial justicebrooklynuniversal pre-Kpre-Knewseducation"A real struggle"<p class="TableStyle2">Kerryann from Queens tells us:</p> <blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">“When it comes to finding education for our two pre-schoolers, it’s been a real struggle. Our daughter will be starting pre-k this September with our son following right behind her next Sept. At this point her zoned school only offers a half day program, which is impossible for two working parents to arrange. While we have applied to neighboring schools, the demand for these programs is just too high. We need universal, full-day pre-K now.”</p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">Have something to share about how early education affects you? Add your voice: <a href=""></a></p>, 24 Mar 2014 10:12:00 -0400nycqueensnew york citypre-kindergartenearly childhood educationsocial justicenewspre-kuniversal pre-keducationJames from Manhattan writes: “A program like this will give my...<img src=""/><br/><br/><p class="TableStyle2"><span>James from Manhattan writes:</span></p> <blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2"><span></span><span>“</span><span>A program like this will give my grandson Owen the foundation he needs when he enters kindergarten. A preschool in New York City is just not affordable. That</span><span>’</span><span>s why we need free universal pre-K for all kids.</span><span>”</span></p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2"><span>Join James right now by telling your story: </span><a href=""><span class="Hyperlink0"><span><a href=""></a></span></span></a><span></span></p>, 24 Mar 2014 10:11:00 -0400nycnew york citymanhattansocial justicepre-kindergartenearly childhood educationpre-kuniversal pre-Knewseducation"I am a first-time working mother and a graduate student at Hunter College. For our family, universal..."““I am a first-time working mother and a graduate student at Hunter College. For our family, universal Pre-K will make it possible for me to return to work and pursue a career.””<br/><br/> - <em><p>Sadia from Manhattan</p> <p>We’re nearing the finish line, and your stories could help make the difference. Share them: <a href=""></a></p></em>, 24 Mar 2014 10:09:00 -0400new york citynycpre-kindergartenearly childhood educationsocial justicemanhattanworking momnewseducationpre-kuniversal pre-k “I am a first time mother of a 2 ½ year old boy,“...<img src=""/><br/><br/><blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2"><span></span><span>“</span><span>I am a first time mother of a 2 ½ year old boy,“ writes Lillian from the Bronx. "Pre-k is very important for my son</span><span>’</span><span>s learning process. Kids are like sponges; they soak up knowledge quickly, and we have to take advantage of that.</span></p> <p class="TableStyle2"><span>"I also hope that the after-school program will be available for my son, so it can help him in school and keep him off the streets </span><span>– </span><span>not to mention the extra time it gives me to get home from work.</span><span>”</span><span></span></p> </blockquote> <p>Share your story: <a href=""><span class="Hyperlink0"><a href=""></a></span></a></p>, 24 Mar 2014 10:08:00 -0400bronxnycworking mompre-kindergartenafter schoolearly childhood educationsocial justicepre-kuniversal pre-knewseducationTarna from Wappingers Falls, NY writes: “There were no UPK or after school programs, such as we...<p class="TableStyle2">Tarna from Wappingers Falls, NY writes:</p> <blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">“There were no UPK or after school programs, such as we have now, when I struggled to read my ‘Jason’ book as a child. All I had, during those early 1950’s school days, was my parents unrelenting ‘literacy nudgings,’ if you will. But, there were parents who would not, for lack of interest, or could not, for lack of literacy skills, themselves, make reading an everyday activity. And, so their children suffered.</p> <p class="TableStyle2">“That negative trend can be so easily and dangerously emulated by all our succeeding generations, if the power of our legislative officials does not swing in favor of programs that are known to dramatically increase the interest level of our kids.”</p> </blockquote> <p class="TableStyle2">Share your own experiences that illuminate the critical importance of early education and after-school: <a href=""></a></p>, 24 Mar 2014 10:02:00 -0400nycnew york citywappinger fallssocial justicepre-kindergartenearly childhood educationnewspre-kuniversal pre-keducation"I work as a pediatric occupational therapist with children from 2 years old onwards. I see every day..."““I work as a pediatric occupational therapist with children from 2 years old onwards. I see every day the major impact that pre-K has on children’s development of interpersonal skills, turn-taking, frustration tolerance, and most of all, love of learning and being with friends.””<br/><br/> - <em><p class="TableStyle2"><span>Arlene from Manhattan</span></p> <p class="TableStyle2">Agree that pre-K matters for NYC kids? Share your story: <a href=""></a></p></em>, 24 Mar 2014 10:00:00 -0400nycnew york citypre-kindergartenmanhattanearly childhood educationoccupational therapypre-Kuniversal pre-knewseducation