Parent Resources


Children born in 2009 may still apply for pre-k programs.

Families of children born in 2010 may apply for pre-k programs for the 2014-15 school year by visiting the Pre-K Admissions page.

Families may contact Community Based Organizations (CBOs) directly at any time for admissions information.

Click here for tips on How to Find and Select a CBO pre-k Program.

A new cycle of the New York City Early Literacy Learning Program known as NYCELL will begin on April 1st, 2014. This is a 12 week Early Literacy program for Parents/Caregivers and children ages 1 year to 3 years 9 months. See the flyer here.

District Vacancy Flyers here that show Public School and CBO Pre-k programs that may still have seats open for this school year for children born in 2009.


Events for Families

Pre-K Admissions Outreach Events

Families can receive extra support at our boroughwide events in March 2014. 

The final event is this Saturday, March 29th at the Bronx Library Center 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, New York 10458 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Interpreters will be available. See our flyers below.

English Flyer
Chinese Flyer
Korean Flyer
Spanish Flyer

Look for our upcoming Pre-K Family Forums - Coming Soon
In an effort to advance the NYC Department of Education's priority to inform and involve families, OECE will host interactive sessions for families with children enrolled in public school or community-based organization pre-kindergarten programs.  These sessions support families as their children take the first step on the path to being ready for college and career.

The Learning in Pre-K Family Forum is for Early Childhood families new to pre-k. During this session, families will receive a comprehensive overview of what to expect in pre-k, develop an understanding of the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core, learn how to extend learning for their children at home, and learn about the new kindergarten enrollment procedures and other Department of Education processes.

Child Care available for children ages 4 – 12!

Information on upcoming Forums 2014 will be posted soon.

See our Pre-K Guides For Families

These guides below will help families support children's learning in Pre-K.

Parent Guide to Pre-K  

Parent Guide to Understanding the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core

Parent Guide to Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Guide to Assessments

Parent Guide to Social Emotional Development

Parent Guide to Literacy
Learning Standards for Pre-K: The Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core
On October 17, 2011, the New York State (NYS) Board of Regents approved the NYS Pre-kindergarten Foundation for the Common Core.

"The primary purpose of the pre-k standards is to ensure that all children, including children with disabilities, students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and English Language Learners (ELLs) have rich and varied early learning experiences that prepare them for success in school and lay the foundation for college and career readiness." (page 5 of the standards found here

Developmental Screening in Pre-K:  The Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R) Screening
All Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) programs are required to adopt a standardized screening tool that assists educators in learning more about the various aspects of a child's development such as language, cognition, perception, and motor development.  Most UPK programs use the Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R) as their screening tool.

The screening does not determine whether your child is eligible for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, nor is it a test of IQ, school readiness or acceptance into the Gifted and Talented program.

Questions to ask your child’s teacher during Parent-Teacher Conferences
Click here for a list of questions early childhood parents can ask their child's teacher during parent-teacher conferences.  Please refer to A Parent Guide to Parent-Teacher Conferences to help you prepare for the discussions you have with your child's teacher.

Engaging in your child's public school/ district community
  • Become a member of your school's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Become a member of your school's Parent Association (PA)
  • Become a member of your School Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Become a member of your School Assessment Team (SAT)
  • Take part in Community Education Council (CEC) meetings

For more information about these opportunities, visit the DOE's Becoming a Parent Leader page.

Additional Resources

Special Education
Information on Special Education services for children from pre-k to school-age.

For information on Early Intervention for children with special needs from Birth to Age 3, please visit here.

Gifted & Talented (G&T)
G&T testing is available for all pre-kindergarten through second grade students who are current New York City residents for kindergarten through third grade programs. The New York City Department of Education provides G&T programs for students who score at the 90th percentile or above on a combination of two tests designed to measure intellectual capability and school readiness.  For more information, or to get a Request for Test form, please visit the G&T Office's website here.

English Language Learner/ Dual Language Programs

Charter School Options (beginning in Kindergarten)