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Thousands of Special Needs Students May be Without Pre-K Seats This Spring

01.30.2020 | NY1 | "The term ‘universal pre-K really’ bothers me. Because it's universal for kids that don't have special needs,” said Joanne Gerenser, director of Eden II programs, a special needs provider on Staten Island.

That problem is detailed in a new report from Advocates for Children, which projects a shortfall of between 1,000 and 2,000 special education pre-K seats across the five boroughs this spring.

"For children with autism and other disabilities, every day matters. So, this problem is urgent," said Randi Levine, policy director of Advocates for Children. Read article