De Blasio, who made universal prekindergarten the centerpiece of his first months in office, announced that the expected pool of those applying to teach prekindergarten in September should top 8,000, far more than the 1,000 new teachers he says is needed. Another 1,000 would be needed the following year when the program expands further.
The announcement is the latest in recent weeks — following ones on prekindergarten applicants and another on obtaining the necessary classroom space — seemingly meant to fill in details of the previously vague prekindergarten ideas de Blasio trotted out during his mayoral campaign. The show of readiness also appeared intended to impress Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said that a city’s plan needs to be “operationalized” before it can receive state funding.
"The classrooms are ready. The teachers are ready. New York City is ready to make history," de Blasio said. "It’s well-established there is a need to fix our schools and that early childhood education is a fundamental way to do that.""
Early childhood education is the BEST way to improve schools, IMHO.