Dozens of pre-school children, parents and teachers in Queens rallied Friday to try to keep their local Head Start program open.
The Rockaway Head Start is scheduled to close on Sept. 30 because of a lack of funding. The school serves 66 children, ages three to five.
"It's for the children," said head teacher Francine Weiner. "They need us. We're very important to them. Where are they going to go when they close us?"
"My son has learned a lot here," said parent Cecelia Alvarado. "He learned how to write his name. He also needed extra services as far as speech. So I'm really disappointed."
A spokesperson for City Councilman James Sanders Jr. said the program received its share of money from the City Council but the Administration for Children's Services left this Head Start short.
The New York City Administration for Children's Services said Rockaway Head Start did not score as well or demonstrate as high a need as other programs in the area.