Almost All NYC Pre-K Centers Ready to Go

NEW YORK (AP) -

Nearly all 1,100 facilities providing services in the city’s new universal pre-kindergarten program are ready to open on time after passing health and safety inspections.

City officials said Friday they expect the eight remaining pre-K schools to remedy violations by Sept. 4’s opening day. If they don’t, affected children will be temporarily enrolled in other facilities.

Violations requiring immediate action include expired fire extinguisher inspections, improperly stored food and blocked exits. Individual Pre-K employees won’t be allowed to work if their background checks are out of date.

Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says the city is working aggressively to make sure all pre-K centers are safe before children are allowed in.

Officials say 25 facilities were able to remedy their serious violations in the last month and are now set to open on time.