Lower Manhattan is home to a new baby boom. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, downtown has seen the highest birthrates in 2010 and 2011. This rise in births may cause issues in the coming years, creating a higher demand for new pre-schools and kindergartens.
Peck Slip School is slated to open next fall, but the area will need to push for new schools, assuming that the new families stay in the neighborhood. A survey of families below Chambers Street also found that many planned to have children within the next three years.
If the Department of Education does not take this data seriously, an educational crisis could happen in Lower Manhattan. More schools need to be built immediately, otherwise many kids could end up without desks to call their own.
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