Pre-K Policies and Resources

Statement on Positive Behavior Guidance in Pre-K for All and EarlyLearn NYC Programs

In Pre-K for All programs, children’s behavior should be guided in a positive way as part of the developmentally appropriate instruction taking place throughout the program. This document introduces an important update to DOE and ACS policy, prohibiting expulsion and suspension across all pre-K settings and EarlyLearn NYC programs, and outlines the pro-active measures, positive reinforcements, and responsive strategies that programs are expected to use to establish strong relationships with families and a positive learning climate for children. This policy is applicable to pre-K programs across district schools, NYC Early Education Centers (including charter schools), EarlyLearn NYC providers, and DOE Pre-K Centers. 

2015-2016 Pre-K Suggested Staggered Schedule

The DECE Staggered Schedule guidance document for the start of the school year provides samples of how to stagger pre-k programs in September 2015.  Individual schools should make adjustments as necessary to meet the needs of their students, families, and staff.  

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Nap/Rest Policy

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) recommends that all programs serving pre-k age students provide a regularly scheduled nap or rest time for students who will attend the program for more than four hours per day. The Nap/Rest Policy outlines how to structure and staff the nap/rest time.

Toileting Guidelines and Resources

The Toileting Guidelines and Resources assists you in helping children learn how to go to the bathroom successfully and independently. Children cannot be denied entry to or removed from any pre-kindergarten program if they have not yet mastered all of their developmental milestones, including toileting.

Lice Policy

Public school lice policy

CBECC lice policy 

Quality Review

The Quality Review (QR) was developed to assist DOE schools in raising student achievement. The process is designed to look behind a school's performance statistics to ensure that the school is engaged in effective methods of accelerating student learning. As a result, the QR focuses on the coherence of a school's systems, measuring how well it is organized to meet the needs of its students and adults, as well as monitor and improve its instructional and assessment practices.


New York State has developed QUALITYstarsNY to support the efforts of early care and learning programs, improve the quality of their services, and inform parents. The Quality Review assesses the overall quality of a school or program. It looks at factors within the classroom (e.g., level of questioning, student engagement) as well as outside (e.g., teacher collaboration, family involvement, use of resources) to measure how well a site is organized to meet the needs of its students. There is a holistic Quality Review Rubric associated with each indicator.

The Quality startsNY and Quality Review Connections is designed to show school leaders the connection between the QUALITYstarsNY program standards and the Quality Review rubric. It can be used to guide planning and school improvement efforts. It also highlights the sections of the QUALITYstarsNY program standards for which public school receive automatic points due to central operations and human resources processes. It is not designed to be used as a checklist for the Quality Review; having copies of the documentation listed below does not necessarily mean that a school is proficient on the Quality Review.

Teacher Guide to Parent-Teacher Conferences

An ideal parent-teacher conference is a conversation between you and your student’s parent about the child’s progress at school. Conferences supplement the casual, daily conversations that you have with families by providing more comprehensive information about children’s progress and allowing time for deep conversation. The Teacher Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences prepares you for the important time you have with famlies.  

Federal Requirements for Schools Participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program

Veiw the New York State Education Department memorandum about half-day pre-k and kindergarten scheduled meal service.