“This is a reminder that every child is going to get the highest quality of education early, regardless of zip code and regardless of how much money is in their parents’ bank account,” said Mayor Bill De Blasio at an event last week to mark the start of construction of the facility in the current NYSCI parking lot.
“The center is going to be one of the very best programs in our nation,” he continued. “And it’s not happening on Park Avenue, it’s happening here in Corona.”
The project is part of the mayor’s “Pre-K for All” initiative, which seeks to provide four-year-olds across the city with free schooling.
Slated to open for the 2021 school year, the center will cost $42 million and include 17 classrooms, two exercise rooms, community space and an outdoor playground.
The curriculum will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math, giving youngsters direct access to the Hall of Science’s state-of-the-art resources.
“Making sure that today was a reality, that we’re able to open this Corona science pre-K, is so pivotal and transformative for our community,” explained State Senator Jessica Ramos. “Many times communities of color like ours don’t think that these STEAM careers of the future are for people like us.”