Number of tykes enrolled in full-day pre-k increases nearly fivefold

The number of four-year-olds enrolled in full-day prekindergarten programs has more than quadrupled over the last four years, according to data collected by the New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO).

On Monday, August 21, the IBO reported that nearly 70,000 four-year-olds participated in full-day pre-k in the 2016-2017 school year. Meanwhile, in the same time span, the number of children enrolled in half-day pre-k programs dropped from 39,000 to just 2,700.

The announcement comes in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s expansion of full-day pre-k programs in the 2014-2015 school year, securing access for every four-year old by the 2015-2016 school year.

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