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Rochester ahead of Cuomo Pre-K plan

Rochester, N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a $1.5 billion universal full day pre-K program for communities in the state that want it.

He proposes to fund it with existing state revenue over the next five years without raising any taxes.

The Rochester City School District tells 13WHAM theyve already started a universal full day pre-K in most of their classrooms. They were able to fund this through a $6 million state grant they recently received.

Angela Mikkos daughter Isabella goes to Bubbles Child Development Center on Lyell Avenue. She said pre-K has been critical in Isabellas early education.

Its going to be a good transition for her into kindergarten because she already has that structure and knows how the day goes, said Mikko.
Many other parents 13 WHAM spoke with said theyve also seen the positive changes in their children once they were enrolled in pre-K, and say they support Cuomos proposal.

Kandice Cornelius said, I would rather them spend a billion dollars on something like that, especially city schools, said Kandice Cornelius whose son Kingston also attends pre-K at Bubbles. Our city youth need these programs, they need that money.

We have to start investing the money into the children, into early childhood education in order to see a difference in the world, said Naquetta Davis, Director of Bubbles Child Development Center.

Governor Cuomo is also looking at ways to fund the creation of pre-K classrooms.

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Washington Times