Early Childhood



Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) for the 2014-2015 School Year

The pre-k admissions process for the 2014-2015 school year for children born in 2010 is now open.  For key dates about pre-k admissions, see the Events page.  For more information on pre-k admissions, please visit the Pre-K Admissions page.

New York City children born in 2010 are eligible for free pre-k programs that will begin in September 2014 in public school or community based early childhood centers (known as CBOs) for the 2014-2015 school year.

The City of New York is seeking talented early childhood educators to lead high-quality pre-K classrooms in public school and community-based organizations across the city. Click here for more information.

Every student in New York City deserves an opportunity to have the foundation of skills, knowledge, and approaches to learning needed to be ready for school and, ultimately, college and careers.
A robust body of research has demonstrated that this begins very early in life with quality pre-kindergarten contributing to increased lifelong success.

With school and community-based pre-k programs throughout the city, the Office of Early Childhood Education provides families access to high quality early childhood options that prepare their children for success in school and life. Together with families and programs, we ensure children are engaged, nurtured, and supported with the tools needed to develop into independent learners and creative problem-solvers.


Raising the bar from the start. Find a list of programs and services for children from birth through third grade.

Supporting early childhood educators. Access information for educators.

Partnering with families from the beginning. Find resources for families, including a calendar of events.

 FirstStepNYC, a public-private partnership with NYC Department of Education, NYC Administration for Children's Services and SCO Family of Services, will be our city’s first co-located, state of the art, early education center providing education services to at-risk children ages six weeks to five years.  The center will be co-located with PS/IS 41, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a K-8 school.  It will also include the first-ever, citywide Early Education Leadership Institute to train the next generation of leaders in early childhood education on the most effective ways to prepare our youngest residents for kindergarten and future academic success.  Opening Fall 2013.  Click here for more information.                                                 
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