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New Pre-K to Open in Corona’s New York Hall of Science in 2021

Rendering (Courtesy: MDSzerbaty Associates Architecture)

Oct. 31, 2019 By Allie Griffin

Construction has begun on a new 306 seat Pre-K center focused on science and art in Corona, with an opening scheduled for fall 2021. 

The Pre-K Center is being built on the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) campus at 47-01 111th St. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It will be the first of its kind in New York City, with a focus on early childhood STEAM–science, technology, engineering, art and math education. The center is also unique in that it will have a partnership with a major cultural institution. 

The $42.4 million Pre-K Center will be fully ADA accessible and include 17 classrooms, two exercise rooms, a community and parent room and an outdoor playground. 

The construction of the new center is greatly needed, officials said. With a rapidly growing community, many Corona schools and Queens schools in general are over-crowded. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announce the start of construction of a new STEAM focused Pre-K Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens on Thursday, October 31, 2019. (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Once the new Pre-K is completed, Pre-K students currently located in Transportable Classroom Units (TCUs) at P.S. 28, P.S. 16 and P.S. 7 will be relocated to the center. 

The School Construction Authority will then demolish the TCUs at the three schools to make way for new outdoor play spaces, said the president and CEO of the authority Lorraine Grillo. 

In addition to adding seats for 306 students, the center will introduce the community to STEAM programs at early ages. A growing number of studies show a positive correlation between early STEAM-based curriculum and later success in those subjects and in school generally, according to the Mayor’s Office. 

“This center doesn’t just address the immediate needs of Corona’s kids, it also represents an investment in their future,” Council Member Francisco Moya said in a statement. “Providing for our children goes beyond finding a classroom for them — we have to nourish their imaginations and support their interests.”

Every student enrolled in the Pre-K program will receive a free family membership to NYSCI and direct access to its resources. Teachers will also have access to specialized professional learning and coaching from the hall.

“This Pre-K, with help from its world-class STEAM program, will help our young New Yorkers explore their creativity and give them a head start on the skills that increasingly shape our world,” Moya added.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced the school’s construction today in front of NYSCI, called the new STEAM school “world class.”

“This is STEAM programming at the pre-K level as early as we can reach our children. This is going to be one of the very best programs in the nation,” de Blasio said. “And it’s not happening on Park Avenue. It’s happening here in Corona.”

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7 Comments

paul amatuzzo

I dont understand many of the comments about this article . How can anyone be against adding a needed school and park to their community to serve all of those who live in it ….especially 4 year olds …..The right wing and bigots need to grow a heart ….and perhaps a brain !!

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Why in Corona?

“And it’s not happening on Park Avenue. It’s happening here in Corona.”

And this is the problem…not allocating resources correctly and constantly taking from taxpayers to support the bottom feeders of this city. Corona is home to a large population of illegal aliens who do not value or recognize the importance of education.

What a waste of taxpayer money.

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Judith Nemzer

Wow! You are an expert on what people want for their children. You are wrong! I’ve worked w families for years and seen some of the brightest most curious kids come from these families. Let the centers be created and give them a break! Public education in this country, exc for individual teachers and administrators is pathetic, incredibly disrespected.

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unbelieveable

so 4 year old Pre-K students are gonna be learning engineering and calculus?…can they even read at that age? and then you put the school in an academically under performing community?…don’t these people have any common sense?

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Judith Nemzer

You dont understand anything about learning..there are basic skills that are taught before kids learn to read, but its very important to teach kids very early: listening to books read to them, paying attention to the pictures shown to them, talking about what’s read to them, learning how to play and talk to other kids, even if they’re from different places or different colors. Under the skin we’re each important persons, even if we’re only 3 years old. It’s called respect

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