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Rego Park Getting Dozens of New Full-Day Pre-K Seats

 P.S. 175 in Rego Park is getting 46 full-day pre-K seats.
P.S. 175 in Rego Park is getting 46 full-day pre-K seats.
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QUEENS — The number of pre-K seats in Rego Park will increase by more than 60 percent, making the popular early-childhood education program more accessible in the area.

Thanks to the city's expansion of the program, the number of seats in the neighborhood will go up from 72 to 118 in the upcoming school year.

Under the plan, more than 4,200 full-day pre-K seats will be added across the city.

The 46 new full-day seats in Rego Park will be created at P.S. 175 The Lynn Gross Discovery School on 102nd Street, according to the Department of Education.

Currently, there are two schools in the neighborhood that offer pre-K seats — P.S. 174 William Sidney Mount on Dieterle Crescent and P.S. 206 the Horace Harding School on 98th Street. Each of the schools has 36 half-day seats and each had more than 130 applicants during the 2012-'13 school year.

Jamaica will also get 36 new seats in two new programs — 18 at P.S. 80 Thurgood Marshall Magnet on 137th Avenue and 18 at P.S. 354 on Bedell Street.

A number of half-day seats in the district will be also converted into full-day seats, including 54 slots at P.S. 117 J. Keld on 143rd Street in Briarwood and 36 seats at P.S. 48 William Wordsworth on 155th Street.

Pre-K applications for public schools are available online and by phone at 718-935-2009. Applications are due April 23.