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4 Pre-K Centers to Open in Central and Southeast Queens This Fall

 The city is planning to open a new pre-K center at 89-14 Parsons Blvd.
The city is planning to open a new pre-K center at 89-14 Parsons Blvd.
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QUEENS — The city is opening four new pre-K centers in school District 28 this fall to address a high demand for more seats in the area, the Department of Education said.

The centers, which will offer a total of 270 full-day seats, will be available for 4-year-olds from the entire district.

Three new centers will be located in Jamaica: at 89-14 Parsons Blvd. (72 seats), 132-10 Jamaica Ave. (90 seats) and 109-20 Union Hall St. (36 seats).

The fourth center, at 83-30 Kew Gardens Rd. in Kew Gardens, will offer 72 seats.

Families from the entire district, which includes Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Jamaica, are eligible to apply, the DOE said.

The de Blasio administration has made pre-K expansion the centerpiece of its agenda.

Last fall, the city enrolled more than 53,000 4-year-olds in full-day pre-Kindergarten programs at NYC Early Education Centers, as well as at district and charter schools.

This year, the city seeks to offer more than 70,000 free pre-kindergarten seats. 

To meet that goal, the city has been creating pre-K centers focusing on areas where there has been a high demand from families, the DOE said.

The pre-K application process started in March, but parents can still apply for seats at the new centers in the second round of applications which starts on June 22, according to the Department of Education.