Mayor Bill de Blasio toured an Early Childhood Education Center in Brooklyn Tuesday morning to encourage parents to sign their children up for pre-kindergarten.
The mayor encouraged parents at the Chinese American Association in Sunset Park to sign their 4-year-olds up for pre-k during his visit.
He said the city is adding 30,000 new pre-k seats this fall, meaning 50,000 kids citywide will benefit from the program.
The city is putting $600,000 into an ad campaign to inform both English and Spanish-speaking parents of the pre-k application process.
He says pre-k is a critical component in a child's academic success.
"The reality of today is that pre-k must be guaranteed to all and it must be free to all for this to work the way it has to. It's so fundamental to a child's educational future that we have to change the way we do things," De Blasio said.
Parents should hear whether their child secured a seat in a public school pre-k program by June 5.
Parents can also seek out free pre-k at community-based organizations.
For more information, visit nyc.gov/prek.