Maud attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the French Dual Language Universal pre-Kindergarten (UPK) at the UPK center on East 76th Street. An achievement fought for over many months.
Councilmember Ben Kallos acknowledged the multiyear effort spearheaded by Stephane Lautner, a public school parent with two daughters who began the effort while looking for a dual language program for his daughters.
Mr. Lautner reached out to Maud, in her capacity as president of the Community Education Council District 2, to discuss the possibility of making seats available for a French dual language program. With the support of the CEC, who passed a resolution to support the program, and the Collaboration of the Superintendent, Donalda Chimney, a diverse, engaged group of francophone parents successfully campaigned for the program — a first for the Upper East side.
The program currently has 36 seats over two classes and offers bilingual instruction for the students both in-person and through the remote learning platforms.