copyright the Chronicle October 7, 2015
by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph
ALBANY — Kelly Peters of Albany has two young children. One is in preschool after a year-long wait, and the other is on the waiting list to get in.
According to Ms. Peters, there aren’t many preschool options, whether they’re private or public, and daycare is also in short supply.
The universal preschool law that goes into effect on July 1 next year, Act 166, says that school districts are required to provide access to ten hours of preschool per week for all children aged three to five. Children don’t have to go to preschool, but the service must be available. How the districts choose to implement that is different throughout the state.
It’s an onion type issue, said Diane Nichols-Fleming, the North Country Supervisory Union (NCSU) early childhood program coordinator. Keep peeling back layers and you’ll definitely be crying by the end, she said.
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