NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is kicking off the school year with visits to schools in all five boroughs.
De Blasio high-fived pre-kindergarten pupils heading into their first day at Public School 59 on Staten Island on Wednesday.
The mayor visited a classroom and said afterward it was "a moment to remember." He said that for the first time, every child in New York City can attend full-day pre- K for free.
De Blasio says 65,504 children are now enrolled in full-day pre-K.
Universal pre-K was de Blasio's signature issue when he ran for mayor two years ago.