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Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten Admissions!
The deadline to submit a public school pre-k application has passed. Families who submitted an application by the April 5 deadline will receive a decision letter in early June.
Families can still apply to
community-based organization (CBO) pre-k programs, which have no specific application deadline. For more information about how to apply to CBO programs, see below.
New York City children who turn 4 years old in 2013
are eligible to attend pre-k for the 2013-2014 school year.
Pre-k is free
. Families do not have to pay to attend programs offered by the NYC Department of Education.
Programs can be half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) or full day (6 hours and 20 minutes).
Half-day programs may take place in the morning or afternoon.
Programs are available at public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs)
. There are separate application processes for public schools and CBOs.
Pre-K Options: Public Schools and Community-Based Organizations
Public School Pre-K Programs
The public school pre-k application period was from March 4 - April 5, 2013.
The application period is now over.
Decision letters will be sent to families in early June.
If you applied using the online application, you will be notified by email and standard mail.
Starting on Wednesday, June 12, families will be able to contact schools to get on a waitlist.
If schools have available seats at this time, they will make offers to waitlisted students based on the same admissions priorities used during the main offer period.
Community Based Organization (CBO) Pre-K Programs
CBO's are independent groups that contract with the Department of Education
to provide free pre-k programs and other services to families.
Families can still apply to CBO pre-k programs, which have no specific application deadline.
To apply, deliver the
directly to each CBO site for which you want to apply.
Admissions criteria vary by CBO
. Most CBOs admit students on a first-come, first served basis.
For guidance on how to find and select a CBO program
that is a good fit for our family,
2013- 2014 Pre-K Directory
is now available.
This handbook provides detailed information about the admissions process and will help you to explore the pre-k program options available for your child.
Students with Disabilities
For information about pre-k admissions for students who require special services,
to receive email updates about pre-k admissions.
If you have questions about pre-k admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email
For information about what your child will learn in pre-k, please visit the
Office of Early Childhood Education
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