The school will have 306 seats and be the first of its kind in the city.
Research shows that STEAM learning that begins at a young age also benefits kids. There is a positive correlation between early experiences with STEAM subjects and later success in those fields, and a STEAM-based curriculum will teach kids how to work collaboratively while developing creative solutions to problems. This Pre-K Center will participate in DOE’s Diversity in Admission program, creating an opportunity for a diverse group of District 24 students to attend, including Emergent Multicultural Leaders and students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.
“Once we complete this new state-of-the-art STEAM facility, we will be relocating students currently located in Transportable Classroom Units at P.S. 28, P.S. 16 and P.S. 7,” said New York City School Construction President and Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Grillo. “We will demolish seven TCUs at these schools that will result in new outdoor play space for students. [These] new Pre-K seats will not only help to close the access gap to early education programs, but will dramatically improve the learning experience for hundreds of children.”
Every student in the Pre-K Center will receive a free family membership to NYSCI. The creation of the Center has sparked a STEAM-focused community discussion in Corona, a community with increasing interest and experimentation in STEAM. The first community vision-planning session is scheduled for Nov. 13 at P.S. 19 from 5-7:30pm and will be held in conjunction with the Pratt Institute and the Domenico-American Society.