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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:
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 2014 are eligible for 3-K for All in Community School Districts 7 and 23.
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.
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 missed the 3-K for All application period, fill out the Get-in-Touch Form and an enrollment specialist will call you to help you explore your options. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please contact the program directly.
If you received a 3-K for All offer, call 718-935-2009 to accept your offer by August 16. When you call, please be ready to provide your child’s name and date of birth, along with the name of the program where you received your offer. After you accept your offer, you will be contacted to set up an in-person registration appointment by the first day of school (September 7).
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 if you are unsure of where to start, please call 718-935-2009.
We are working hard to add more 3-K for All seats in Districts 7 and 23 for the fall. To learn more about whether there are new programs in your area, please call 718-935-2009.
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.
Yes, you can still apply to a newly opened 3-K for All program without giving up your first offer. You can find new programs on the 3-K Finder. Applying for programs that just opened does not affect your offer, pre-registration, or waitlist status.
You are still eligible to be placed on 3-K program waitlists, though children living in the district or with a sibling in the program will have priority at most programs. You may also be eligible for EarlyLearn, which has availability citywide for 3-year-olds. EarlyLearn programs require income and other applicable eligibility requirements. Find out if you qualify by calling 311 or using the Child Care Eligibility Wizard. You can find a map of EarlyLearn NYC programs here.
Call us at 718-935-2009 or request a call from the Outreach team by completing the Get-In-Touch Form on the Pre-K Finder.
No, your child's program will remain the same and you do not have to take any action.
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.
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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.