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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 began 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.
Starting in Fall 2018, the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) will offer new programs in two additional school districts each year until 2020 for a total of 8 districts. The new districts that will be introduced are:
Families interested in 3-K for All in Districts 4, 7, 23, and 27 should sign up for e-mail updates to learn when the application is available.
Use the resources below to learn how the admissions process works and research your choices:
3-K for All resources are also available in translation:
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Use the following resources to learn about all of your 3-K for All options. New programs are being added, so check back often for updates!
There are three types of 3-K program options:
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.
All New York City families with children born in 2015 are eligible to participate in 3-K for All for the 2018-19 school year. Programs will be available in Districts 4, 7, 23, and 27.
Starting in fall 2018, the NYCDOE will offer new programs in 2 additional school districts each year until 2020, for a total of 8 districts. The new districts that will be introduced are:
In 2018-19: District 4 (East Harlem) and District 27 (Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Rockaways)
In 2019-20: District 9 (Grand Concourse, Highbridge, Morrisania) and District 31 (Staten Island)
In 2020-21: District 19 (East New York) and District 29 (Cambria Heights, Hollis, Laurelton, Queens Village, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans)
Our goal is to bring 3-K to all school districts citywide, to make it a universal program. This will require partnership from the state and federal government.
If you missed the 3-K for All application period for the 2017-18 school year, you should check if your child is eligible for EarlyLearn NYC.
If your child was born in 2014 and you live in New York City, you will also be able to apply to pre-K in early February 2018.
EarlyLearn NYC offers full-day, full-year early education programming citywide for children from six weeks through four years old. EarlyLearn programs require income and other applicable eligibility requirements. Find out if you qualify by calling 311 or using the Child Care Eligibility Wizard.
If you submitted a 3-K for All application and we are unable to make your child an offer to your first choice 3-K for All program, we will automatically place your child on the waitlist for any programs that you listed higher on your application than the program where you received your offer. For example, if you receive an offer for the program you listed third on your application, you will automatically be placed on the waitlist for your first and second choice programs.
If a space becomes available for your child at one of your waitlisted programs, the program will contact you directly. Programs apply the same admissions priorities to waitlists that are used to determine offers. These priorities can be found in the 3-K Program List at nyc.gov/3k.
If you did not submit a 3-K for All application and would like to be added to the waitlist of a specific program, please contact the program directly. You can find a map of all 3-K for All programs online here, or please call 718-935-2009.
In late summer/early fall, we added additional 3-K for All seats in Districts 7 and 23 for the fall. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please contact the program directly.
We will continue to expand 3-K for All in Districts 7 and 23 over the next year so we can provide a seat for every three-year-old in these two communities who wants one by fall 2018.
3-K for All is 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.
With the addition of six new 3-K for All districts, the program will expand to all five boroughs. The new districts were selected with this goal, as well as community need and the ability to build on substantial Equity and Excellence for All educational investments in these communities.
For students starting 3-K in fall 2018, applications will open in early February 2018. Programs will be offered in Districts 4, 7, 23, and 27, and all children born in 2015 will be eligible.
EarlyLearn programs enroll students year-round, and families can apply and enroll directly with the program at any time. You can check whether you might be eligible for an EarlyLearn program by visiting the Child Care Eligibility Wizard or calling 311.
You will be able to find the application for 3-K for All at nyc.gov/3k. Applications will open in early February.
All children are welcome to apply to 3-K programs, though those living in the district where the program is located will have priority.
You may be eligible for EarlyLearn, which provides early care and education for children from six-weeks to five-years-old citywide. You can check whether you might be eligible for an EarlyLearn program by visiting the Child Care Eligibility Wizard or calling 311.
Request a call from the Outreach team by completing the Get-In-Touch Form on the 3-K Finder.
Sign up to get email updates about 3-K for All Admissions.
Find many of our translated resources on these pages:
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If you have questions about 3-K for All Admissions, please call 718-935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.