With Pre-K for All, Opportunity Starts Now
In free, full-day, high-quality pre-K, teachers are sparking wonder and igniting learning in our children. Pre-K for All gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school and a better chance at success in life. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience.
In these high-quality programs, children are in a safe learning environment with many opportunities to explore, create, and participate in engaging learning activities and to interact with other children and adults. Programs build on the strengths and diverse backgrounds children and families bring to the classroom to support all learners in gaining foundations for success in school, at home, and in life.
Pre-K for All runs five days per week from September to June. Most pre-K options are on a full-day schedule (6 hours and 20 minutes). Some 5-hour and half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) options are also available.
Use the resources below to learn how the admissions process works and research your choices:
- Read the Pre-K Directory
- Visit Pre-K Finder
- Search for your zoned school
- Fill out the Get-in-Touch Form
- Sign up for pre-K email updates
Note: If you are looking for a pre-K program for the current 2016-2017 school year, we have great news! Enrollment for children born in 2012 has been extended to January 31, 2017. Contact programs directly to see if they have seats available or fill out the Get-in-Touch Form and an enrollment specialist will call you to help you explore your options.
Understand Your Pre-K Options
Use the following resources to learn about all of your pre-K options:
Pre-K Directory: Learn about the admissions process and find programs that interest you.
Pre-K Finder: Use Pre-K Finder to research pre-K programs and find new choices before completing your application.
School Search: Find your zoned school to see the pre-K program near your where you live.
School Open Houses: Attend school open houses to learn about pre-K programs that interest you.
There are four types of pre-K program options:
NYCDOE Pre-K Centers: Programs led and operated by NYCDOE staff.
NYCDOE District Schools: Programs located within public elementary schools.
NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs): Programs offered by community-based organizations that contract with NYCDOE.
Charter Schools: Public schools that operate independent of NYCDOE regulations.
Apply to Pre-K by February 24, 2017
All NYC families with a child born in 2013, including students with disabilities, can apply to pre-K from January 17–February 24, 2017. You can list up to 12 choices on your Pre-K Application—remember to include the program code and to consider many different program options.
Apply one of three ways:
All applications received by the February 24 deadline are treated the same—our application process is not first-come, first-served. You can update your application until the February 24 deadline, if you have already submitted.
Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone and in-person application submissions. Please request an interpreter if you speak a language other than English.
If you are interested in pre-K at a charter school or half-day and 5-hour NYCEEC pre-K programs, contact those programs directly to apply.
Accept Your Pre-K Offer by May 9, 2017
All families who submit an application by the February 24 deadline will get an offer letter in late April 2017 and will need to accept it by May 9, 2017.
To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the program where your child received the offer—contact the program to schedule a time. Learn what you need to bring to pre-register your child or download the checklist.
Diversity in Pre-K Admissions
Elementary schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools for students applying this year to attend for the 2017-2018 school year. This year, 10 schools will give priority to students who receive Free Reduced Lunch (FRL), English Language Learners (ELLs), students in the child welfare system, and/or families impacted by incarceration. Pre-K offers will still be made using standard admissions priorities. Details about each school’s specific pilot will be available in the forthcoming pre-K directories. These 10 schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
East Village Community School (01M315): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
The Children’s Workshop School (01M361): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
The Neighborhood School (01M363): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-kindergarten seats.
The Earth School (01M364): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
Charrette School (02M003): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for pre-K seats after all zoned students are admitted.
Castle Bridge School (06M513): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats and 10% of seats will be prioritized for families impacted by incarceration.
Brooklyn New School (15K146): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for pre-K seats after all zoned students are admitted.
The Children’s School (15K418): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 33% of pre-K seats.
Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School (17K705): Students who are ELLs and/or living in child welfare system will have priority for 20% of pre-K seats
New American Academy (17K770): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for 40% of pre-K seats.