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Rochester Receives Grant For Full-Day Pre-K

More than 700 city children will now be able to attend full-day pre-K classes.
More than 700 city children will now be able to attend full-day pre-K classes. 

Rochester had to apply for the $6 million grant, which was allocated in last year's state budget. The money will be used to offer pre-K to high-need students in the Rochester City School District. The city will be working with private pre-K providers. Officials say having programs like this will help students stay on track to graduate from high school. Now, they want to inform parents of the benefits of pre-K. 

"Often times our parents tend to believe that they are little kids and they don't need to have education at a young age. But we know that they do and the thing that we have to do is inform our parents of the importance and value of early education," Rochester City School Board Vice President Cynthia Elliott said.

Students will start pre-K classes on February 3rd. Fifty seats are available at district schools and community organizations, so parents of four-year-olds should call to register their children as soon as possible. 
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