ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Parents and advocates for a full-day kindergarten in North Rockland schools traveled to Albany to push for Assemblymen Ken Zebrowski's and James Skoufis' proposal
Advocates met with members of the Legislature and governor's office to lobby for a Zebrowski-Skoufis proposal that would extend kindergarten to a full day statewide.
The advocacy group originated in North Rockland and has expanded to a statewide initiative with parents from the nine remaining districts in the state without full-day kindergarten programs.
The Zebrowski-Skoufis plan calls for a five-year program that provides three times the additional aid of the current incentive.
“Today, I joined with the North Rockland parents and advocates to convey one simple message: We need full-day kindergarten for all New York children," said Zebrowski. "New York has always set the bar high in ensuring our students are prepared and have access to a quality education, and providing full-day K should be no exception. Early childhood education is essential to establishing the building blocks for success later in life, and full-day kindergarten statewide is the next necessary step that we must take. My legislation looks to assist the remaining school districts with the transition to a full-day program; East Ramapo and North Rockland would receive a combined $18 million to make full-day a reality."
Zebrowski urged the Assembly to include the expanded full-day kindergarten conversion aid in the budget in a sign-on letter to Speaker Carl Heastie. Thirteen members of the Assembly joined in signing the letter.
"Our children deserve a comprehensive education, from pre-K through 12th grade, but far too many students in our state, including those in Orange and Rockland county school districts, are not afforded full day kindergarten," said Skoufis. "Today, I join my colleagues, parent advocates, and students in declaring 'enough is enough.' Let's pass the Zebrowski-Skoufis full-day kindergarten proposal and ensure that New York's children get the complete education they are entitled to."