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De Blasio, Dolan Highlight Archdiocese's Support for Pre-K

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan visited a classroom Thursday to highlight the Archdiocese's support for universal pre-K.

They toured the Catherine Corry Academy in the Bronx.

The mayor says that the New York Archdiocese, as well as the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, combine to offer 1,700 seats for potential students.

The meeting is part of the administration's first round of requests for proposals.

Both Dolan and de Blasio agree that education as a priority.

"We are radiant about the emphasis that he's put on universal PK," Dolan said. "He's put me on the spot because yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and Jesus told us that we shouldn't blow a trumpet about our good works, but I don't mind bragging about our Catholic schools, and especially the magnificent universal pre-K that we got."

"The partnership of the Archdiocese will be a crucial part of the equation because they understand full-day, high-quality pre-K is the way to go," de Blasio said.

De Blasio says that he wants pre-K to be available to all children by September.

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