She may not be an everyday New Yorker, but actress Cynthia Nixon is touting a video from the coalition backing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-Kindergarten approach that features parents backing the plan.

“When I meet the parents, kids, early childhood educators, and activists who advocate every day for universal pre-K and after-school, I know we can win this,” Nixon wrote in the email to supporters.
“And the stories they share should remind all of us why we can’t afford not to. This is about real New Yorkers, and New York City’s plan offers all our kids a real shot at success. I’ll keep this message brief, because I want you to hear it from the parents and children themselves.”

The video comes as a major lobby day is to occur on Tuesday. De Blasio himself is expected to travel to Albany to drum up support for the proposal, which would tax those who make $500,000 and more a year to fund the program.

At the same time, advocates opposed to de Blasio’s push to reduce the available space in charter schools in New York City will also descend on the Capitol.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal would create a statewide pre-K system funded at $1.5 billion over five years.

In other words, it’s going to be a busy and loud day at the Capitol as the budget season begins in earnest.