Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas Voice Concerns about UPK Program at OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Meeting

31 Oct 2014
Pictured (left to right): Arielle Frankston-Morris, Field Director, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS; Jeff Leb, Director, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS; Council Member Mark Levine; Council Member David Greenfield; Yosef Kanofsky, Director of Government Programming, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS.

Representatives of more than 30 New York City Jewish day schools and yeshivas convened this week at a community forum sponsored by OU Advocacy-Teach NYS to voice their frustrations over New York City’s universal pre-K (UPK) program and suggest ways the program could be improved. OU Advocacy-Teach NYS is working with state and city legislators to enhance the program for non-public schools and ensure the greatest utilization of the program by Jewish day schools and yeshivas.

Participating schools represented a wide cross-section of the city’s Jewish schools, including Solomon Schechters, modern Orthodox schools and yeshivas.

Council Members David Greenfield and Mark Levine joined the community forum so that they could understand the needs of the schools.

“We care about giving every child in the city a great start at education,” said Council Member Levine, who added that the Jewish Caucus in City Council is a “united front” on this issue. He is the Chairman of the Jewish Caucus.

Council Member Greenfield added, “We will keep fighting for our yeshivas and day schools until your children have the same access to UPK as public school children.”

Read the full press release on the OU Advocacy website.