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Group says Adams’ promise of 3-K seats for every child falls through

May 17, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — PARENTS OF 2,000-PLUS city children on Thursday received notices that their child did not receive a 3-K seat — despite Mayor Eric Adams’ repeated promises that every family that wants a seat for their child would get one, according to the organization New Yorkers United for Child Care. School enrollment letters went out on May 14. “The impact cannot be understated: without free 3-K, childcare costs families an average of  $20,000 a year per kid … a cost far too many families cannot afford,” the group’s Director Rebecca Bailin said in a statement. Adams had promised at a rally on April 24 and again at P.S. 24 on April 19, “Every child who wants a 3K and pre-K seat will have access to one.”

According to Gothamist, DOE said the number of families told Thursday they had not received offers for 3K programs was about 6% of around 43,000 applicants — or about 2,500 families, and the city later said all students who applied would be placed.

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