If your child was born in 2014 and you live in New York City, apply for 3-K for All in Districts 7 and 23 by Friday, July 14.
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In New York City, we’ve tripled the number of children in free, full-day, high-quality pre-K, growing to around 70,000 students. Now, we’re doing even more.
3-K for All brings free, full-day, high-quality education to 3-year-olds in New York City. 3-K programs lay a critical foundation for children to grow, learn, and explore the world around them.
We will begin the path to 3-K for All in School Districts 7 (South Bronx) and 23 (Brownsville, East New York, Ocean Hill) with the goal to bring 3-K to every community school district in New York City.
Use the resources below to learn how the admissions process works and research your choices:
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Use the following resources to learn about all of your 3-K for All options. New programs are being added often, so check back often for updates!
There are three types of 3-K program options:
If your child was born in 2014 and you live in New York City, you can now apply for free, full-day, high-quality 3-K in School Districts 7 (South Bronx) and 23 (Brownsville, East New York, Ocean Hill). The deadline to apply is Friday, July 14 and you will get your offer in late July.
Apply one of three ways:
You can update your application anytime until the deadline, so check back often on 3-K Admissions to browse new 3-K for All options and see if there are more programs you’d like to add to your child application. You can find out how offers are made by reading about 3-K admissions priorities in the Program List.
EarlyLearn NYC offers full-day, full-year early education programming for children from six weeks through four years old. If you are interested in 3-K for All, you should also consider an EarlyLearn NYC program for your child. Find an EarlyLearn NYC program near you.
You can still apply for a 3-K program in Districts 7 and 23. Early education for 3-year-olds is already available citywide through the EarlyLearn program. Call 311 to find out more, including whether your child might be eligible for an EarlyLearn program.
All children born in 2014 and residing in New York City are eligible for 3-K for All. Early education for children from six weeks old through pre-K is already available citywide through the EarlyLearn program. Call 311 to find out more, including whether your child might be eligible for an EarlyLearn program.
Use School Search to find your school district.
No, your child's program will remain the same and you do not have to take any action.
We are building a strong foundation with 3-K for All, which will strengthen the work we are already doing in these two districts to support students from birth through college. Universal supports already in place include Pre-K for All, Universal Literacy, College Access-Middle School, and Single Shepherd.
Starting in fall 2018, the DOE will offer new programs in 2 additional school districts each year until 2020, for a total of 8 districts. Though we have selected Districts 7 and 23 for the first year, the other six districts have not yet been selected. Our goal is to bring 3-K to all school districts citywide. This will require partnership from the state and federal government. DOE will share more information as soon as possible.
3-K for All will be available to all children, regardless of immigration status. Existing EarlyLearn programs will continue to have the same eligibility criteria, including requirements regarding immigration status. Any questions you may have regarding eligibility criteria can be answered by EarlyLearn programs.
Use 3-K Finder to find 3-K programs.
Use Pre-K Finder to find pre-K programs.
Find an EarlyLearn NYC program.
Find a licensed child care program.
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If you have questions about pre-K admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.