How'd The First Day of Pre-K Go?

Friday, September 05, 2014

(Elbert Chu)

Yesterday was the start of the school year for NYC's public school students and for the 51,000 pre-k students in the new expanded program. Robin Shulman, a WNYC education reporter, talks about how it's going (so far) and pre-k parents add their stories. Then, the man in charge of putting the mayor's commitment to expanded pre-k into place, Richard Buery, deputy mayor for strategic policy initiative, talks about how the first day went and answers parents' questions.



Richard Buery and Robin Schulman

Comments [7]

Claire Batson from Manhattan

I am happy was pre-K expanded to my public school; however the City did not budget after-school care for its pre-K students. The City sponsors (funds) programs that provide after-school care for students k through 5th grade; but what about the pre-k students? Presently, the Mayor has offered us working parents a hybrid program; where we get Pre-k for our four year children, from 8am to 2:50 pm and from 3pm to 5pm we have to rely on expensive day care, relatives and/or friends. Maybe next year, parents of pre-k students will not have to rely on day care.

Sep. 05 2014 11:11 AM
Parent from NYC from NYC

I wish there would have been time to discuss this issue more. For example I think Pre- k is being over sold as a great thing for all kids when actually research has shown that pre- K helps kids who are living in poverty but makes little difference for kids from the middle class.

From the Washington Post:
" youngsters from middle-class and well-off homes benefit little from preschool, according to four independent teams of scholars, each tracking large national samples of children over the past decade."

Sep. 05 2014 10:54 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

"Trusted us with your procious children." Makes me laugh :)

Sep. 05 2014 10:18 AM
Megan from downtown brooklyn

My daughter is attending pre-K at PS 307 in Vinegar Hill. I don't expect babysitting, and I don't expect scholarship - what I do expect is that through the process of waking up and heading out each morning, through lining up quietly to go to the cafeteria, and learning to wait her turn for the crayons, she will be prepared to learn and be a good citizen in Kindergarten and first grade.

Sep. 05 2014 10:17 AM

My daughter went to a private, full day pre-school program a few years ago and it was standard procedure to start with a 1 hour day and progressively work up to the full day in a week or longer if needed. Many 4 year old children who have only been with a parent or relative, or the same surrogate parent care giver since infancy experience separation anxiety when they are left in a new situation. That anxiety can be very severe and damaging to the child and others in the same classroom if the child doesn't understand what is happening and that they are not being abandoned by his or her parents. I don't know why this wasn't explained for the first caller.

Sep. 05 2014 10:15 AM
JJ in JC from Jersey City

Brian keeps referring to pre-K as though no other school system in the universe has ever tried this before. Hello, have you heard of the Abbott program in New Jersey? Have you heard of universal pre-K in most of Europe? The New Jersey program uses the High Scope curriculum which is age and developmentally appropriate. Stop talking about "babysitting" as though teachers have no skills and classrooms have no value! Just for the record, I have a child who completed pre-K in Jersey City last year and just started kindergarten.

Sep. 05 2014 10:15 AM
karen from manhattan

Listening to the guy complaining about the gradual increase the pre-K day this week to full time. For many kids, maybe not his, it's a big adjustment. When so many kids are in the same room adjusting at the same time, it's also an adjustment for the teachers. My kids went to Pre-K in district one about 15 years ago and it was the same then.

Sep. 05 2014 10:10 AM

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