Parents in New Rochelle urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would guarantee kindergarten programs

More than 100 concerned parents occupied the auditorium

More than 100 concerned parents occupied the auditorium last night at Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church in New Rochelle. (Credit: News 12 )

NEW ROCHELLE - Parents are calling on state lawmakers to pass a bill that would guarantee children access to kindergarten programs throughout New York state.

More than 100 concerned parents occupied the auditorium last night at Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church in New Rochelle. Currently New York City, Rochester and Buffalo all provide kindergarten to young students. But, the programs aren't guaranteed in Westchester or Rockland.

Some parents say if the bill doesn't pass they won’t be able to afford private kindergarten for their children.

New York is one of a handful of states that do not guarantee access to kindergarten.

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