As reported by Yahoo Entertainment, New York City families of children with disabilities are urging Governor Kathy Hochul to sign Bill S6516, which would provide equal funding to state approved 4410 preschools and 853 school-age programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Denisse Dominguez, of Bushwick, couldn’t imagine life without AHRC NYC’s Francis of Paola Early Learning Center in Williamsburg. Her daughter, Kylie, 6, graduated in August of 2020. The smaller classes, access to related services, prepared Kylie for kindergarten, she said.

These schools deserve equal funding,” Dominguez said. “It’s only fair. They’re doing the same amount of work and putting in the same amount of love and attention – probably even more care and reinforcing it. It helped my child a lot. It would be sad to see more teachers leave and other children not have the same opportunity that Kylie did.

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