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Early Learning Council hearing set

A Rochester Early Learning Council public hearing is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. April 15 at City Hall, in City Council Chambers, 30 Church St.

Mayor Lovely A. Warren convened the Early Learning Council in March 2014 in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to expand the state’s pre-K program. The governor’s plan will create $1.5 billion in competitive pre-K grants and open up the program to charter schools, which had previously been ineligible for pre-K funding.

The council is tasked with leading public discussion about the challenges and opportunities inherent in educating the city’s youngest and most vulnerable students. They will report on the status of Rochester’s current pre-K program, recommend program and policy changes to improve Rochester’s pre-K program and lobby for federal and state pre-K funding.

Remaining meetings are scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. May 15, May 29 and June 12. Meetings will be held at City Hall and are open to the public.

An additional public hearing will be held May 1 in City Council Chambers. Those wishing to speak must sign up by 5 p.m. the day prior to the hearing. Call (585) 428-6856 to sign up.