Upper East Side, NY – 40 more 4-year-olds will have free pre-kindergarten seats on the Upper East Side starting with today’s first day of school. Council Member Ben Kallos joined Principal Doreen Esposito to cut the ribbon on the 40 new pre-kindergarten seats at P.S. 290, The Manhattan New School on 82nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
"Seat by seat, class by class, we are opening more pre-kindergartens so every four-year-old in my district can participate in their own neighborhood," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "Thank you to the Department of Education and P.S. 290 Principal Doreen Esposito for opening 40 new pre-kindergarten seats on the Upper East Side."
Following reporting by WNYC in 2014 that Yorkville, Lenox Hill and Roosevelt Island had 2,118 four-year-olds and only 123 Pre-Kindergarten seats Council Member Ben Kallos has worked to bring new seats to the district. This included identifying parents with four-year-olds who pledged to send their children to Universal Pre-Kindergarten, working with schools and providers to become UPK locations, and working with the Department of Education through the application process to open more seats in the 5th Council District on the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island.
Since taking office Council Member Kallos and organizers in the community have successfully quintupled the number of seats in District 5.