Quinn Marks First School Year With Mandatory Kindergarten By Greeting Parents At City School; As A Result Of Quinn Leading The Fight, As Many As 6,000 Additional Children Are In Nyc Kindergarten Classrooms This Year

(September 9, 2013) - Today, Christine Quinn marked the first day of school and the first day New York City has mandatory kindergarten with a campaign stop greeting parents of kindergarteners. Because of Quinn's commitment and work, as many as 6,000 additional students have seats in kindergarten classrooms and critical early education is no longer simply an option; it is guaranteed.

"The critically important educational foundation that kindergarten provides is not something that should be limited to the City's fortunate few. Kindergarten should be an opportunity all New York children have access to. - As a result of my work, I'm proud to say that, starting today, this is New York City's reality. This is yet another example of not simply having a progressive vision, but delivering results to make that vision a reality, and being an effective progressive," said Quinn.

Chris Quinn greeted parents today as they dropped off and picked up their children at a number of city schools, including parents of kindergarteners at P.S. 333. At each stop, Quinn talked with parents about her vision for continuing to improve schools, strengthen early education and increase parental involvement.

Quinn first proposed making kindergarten mandatory in her 2012 State of the City address, and made the issue one of her top education priorities. Just a few months later 2013, Quinn succeeded in her efforts. Thanks to her work, all New York City 5-year-olds are now guaranteed the opportunity to have a strong, well-rounded kindergarten education beginning at age 5.

Last year there were nearly 79,000 students enrolled in kindergarten citywide. Even so, before Quinn's work, thousands of students entered the first grade without a kindergarten education.