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De Blasio Administration Spreads Pre-K Message to Churches

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration spread the message of universal pre-K to thousands at churches throughout the city Sunday.

Eighteen different congregations were visited by either de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, a member of his administration or officials in support of the expansion of full-day pre-K.

De Blasio visited Heavenly Visions Christian Center in the Bronx, where he said he felt a mutual desire from churchgoers to start education early for all children.

"I think what's happening is that people are thinking about what this means for their lives and for their families, and it's crystallizing their support," he said. "It's becoming a much more urgent thing. You can see the energy in that room. So it's very gratifying."

"I believe in what he said. It is necessary," said one churchgoer. "We do need our children, our future generation, to start that education, that foundation at a very early age."

De Blasio still faces opposition from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has proposed statewide universal pre-K funded by the state.

De Blasio's pre-K plan relies on a city tax hike on high earners, which needs to be approved in Albany.

He has indicated that he hopes to have the plan in place by September.

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