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FW: Statement by Advocates for Children of New York Re: Speaker Christine Quinn's State of the City proposal to make kindergarten mandatory

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    From: Jennifer Solar [mailto:jSolar@advocatesforchildren.org] Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:05 PM To: Jennifer Solar Subject: Statement by Advocates
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      From: Jennifer Solar [mailto:jSolar@...]
      Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:05 PM
      To: 'Jennifer Solar'
      Subject: Statement by Advocates for Children of New York Re: Speaker Christine Quinn's State of the City proposal to make kindergarten mandatory

       

      February 9, 2012
      Media Contact: Jennifer Solar, 212-822-9509

       

      Statement by Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) in response to Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City proposal to make kindergarten mandatory

       

      In City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s State of the City speech today, she proposed making kindergarten mandatory. AFC supports this proposal because kindergarten is essential to school success.  While children in NYC currently have the right to attend kindergarten if a parent chooses, the voluntary nature of kindergarten has caused confusion among educators, administrators, and parents.  We have heard from parents of homeless children, children with unidentified special needs, and English Language Learners who say their children were turned away from the school door with the explanation that “kindergarten is not mandatory.”  Too often, children are sitting at home all year because their families were told that there are no seats available. We have seen schools discharge hard-to-serve students using the excuse that “kindergarten is not mandatory.”  When children miss out on kindergarten, they start behind and, far too often, stay behind.  Speaker Quinn’s proposal takes a step toward helping all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, prepare to succeed in school.

       

      About Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) Since its founding in 1971, Advocates for Children of New York has been protecting the education-related needs of children most at risk of academic failure or school-based discrimination due to such factors as poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, language barriers, immigration status, homelessness, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice system. AFC’s mission is to promote access to the best education New York can provide for all students, especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. AFC uses integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students. http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/

       

       

       

       

       

      Jennifer Solar

      Director of Communications

       

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      Advocates for Children of New York

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