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Corona getting 162 new pre-K seats: Fariña

By Madina Toure

Corona is receiving more than 100 new pre-K seats as the second round of admissions kicked off, with nearly 70 percent of borough applicants having received their top choice in the first round, City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday.

The city has added 162 seats at new pre-K centers in Corona, which has been a high-demand area. The second round of admissions is taking place more than a month earlier than it did last year and features additional, newly awarded fall 2016 pre-K programs as well as programs with remaining available seats. The round will run through May 20. All 67,889 applicants received an offer for a Pre-K for All seat Tuesday.

Families can apply online at www.nyc.gov/prek, over the phone by calling 311 or in person at one of the city Department of Education’s 12 Family Welcome Centers.

“Pre-K is so critical for all students to get off to the start they need, and that’s why I’m so pleased to see that this process is earlier, easier, and more responsive to families’ needs than ever,” Fariña said. “I look forward to seeing more families enroll in free, full-day, high-quality programs across the five boroughs.”

Out of 20,522 applicants in the borough, 14,070, or 69 percent, were offered their top choice school while 17,080, or 83 percent, were offered one of their top three choices for schools in the first round of pre-K applications for 2016, according to the data.

For the first round of pre-K applications for 2015, 13,927 out of 20,511, or 68 percent, were offered their top choice school and 16,368, or 80 percent, who were offered one of their top three choices, the data showed.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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