Parents and Families

What to Look for in a Pre-K Program

Find a Pre-K for Your Child

You can searchfor pre-k programs near you by using the New York City Department of Education School Search. This now includes Community-Based Early Childhood Centers(CBECC) as well as public schools offering pre-k.

Get more information about enrolling your child in CBECC programs on the Choices and Enrollment Pre-K page.



Selecting a Pre-K Program

Use these questions when you visit or speak with CBECC administrators or teachers. It is important that you find a program that is a good fit with your family.

Program Hours and Services

  • Where is the program located and is it easily accessible?
  • What are the pre-k program hours?
  • Are there other services offered outside of the pre-kindergarten hours?
  • What are the eligibility requirements for those other services?
  • Are tours available to see the program facility?

Daily Schedule

  • What does a typical day look like for the children?
  • Does the schedule include a balance of choice time, small group teacher-directed time and whole class activities?
  • Is there time set aside for physical activity? Is there indoor or outdoor space for physical activity?

Expectations for Learning

  • At the end of the school year, what does the program expect the children to know and be able to do?
  • How do teachers know how children are doing throughout the year? What assessments are used to track children's progress?
  • How does the program share children's progress with families?

Family Engagement

  • Is the staff warm and welcoming?
  • What opportunities are there for families to particiapte in the program? Are there leadership opportunities? Volunteer opportunities?
  • How does the program extend learning to/from the home? What support will be provided to extend learning?
  • What other supports does the program provide to families?