OpEd: The advantages of Universal Pre-Kindergarten


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY WILLIAM NELSON We at the Flushing YMCA are once again delighted to have the opportunity to serve families through the Department of Education funded Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK). Research supports that high quality early childhood programs such as “Universal Pre-Kindergarten” give four-year-old children the best opportunity to be prepared and gain the readiness skills necessary […]

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Op-ed: Our children win with universal pre-K


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After months of rallying for the future of our children, our voices have finally been heard! Last week, our state legislators approved $300 million in funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs in their final budget. This is historic. We are now poised to ensure every child has access to high-quality, full-day pre-K.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST: Friday: Mostly cloudy skies. High near 40. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.Friday night: Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 29. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

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Mayor de Blasio: City ready for pre-K plan if funding is secured


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A progress report released by Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday shows the city has the capacity to implement his plan for universal pre-kindergarten starting this September—if the funding is available.

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Katz rebrands Queens as center of the city in speech


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Borough President Melinda Katz explained her business initiatives and vowed to rebrand Queens as the New York City destination .

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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer discusses vision for new majority leader role


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THE COURIER/ File Photo

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is looking forward to the next four years as Majority Leader.

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De Blasio releases report, gives testimony in Albany on pre-K plan


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Photo via Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice

Mayor Bill de Blasio testified in Albany Monday on an interagency report he released the same day detailing plans to provide free full-day pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old in the city by increasing taxes on the wealthy. “The reality is that today, fewer than 27 percent of 4-year-olds in New York City have access to full-day pre-K,” […]

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