NEW YORK CITY - Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is already laying out some of his education policies less than two weeks away from him taking office.

He spoke today from the Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn about both universal pre-K and middle school after-school programs. De Blasio is launching a campaign and website to help boost grassroots energy and make universal pre-K a reality.

The mayor-elect says that instituting these programs will help close the achievement gap for low-income students. De Blasio plans to fund the programs by raising taxes on the wealthy.

The plan would need approval in Albany.