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Christina Veiga (0:00)
Okay, so thank you again, for agreeing to do this, I know that you care a lot about early childhood issues. So this should all be right up your alley. So first off, I want to start with like a big picture at the federal level, there seems to be a lot more attention to Pre-K, and Early Care, and access and affordability. And there seems to be a lot more resources that are coming with that. And so I’d love to hear from you how you would prioritize that. What parts of the system, you would, for example, strengthen which parts you would build out?
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Eric Adams (0:33)
When you look at education, number one, the question we should be asking now that were receiving this large contribution coming from the federal level to look at education. We must go at the root, and look at the historical inequities. And it’s really mind boggling to me, and sort of personally hurtful, when I talk about early childhood education. You know, for many years, I have experienced learning disabilities, and it wasn’t until I got into college, that I started to just drill down on it and then later in life as, actually the borough president. When I looked at our poor definition of early childhood development, we think…