Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-K FAQ

FAQs

On Thursday, September 4, the City will launch Pre-K for All and in the coming weeks more than 50,000 children will be learning at more than 1,700 sites.

Your child’s health and safety is a top priority of the administration, and an aggressive inspection and evaluation regime monitors programs on an ongoing basis to make sure every classroom and site meets the highest standards. In the lead up to Pre-K for All city agencies have completed more than 5,000 inspections and walk-throughs.

It remains our commitment that no site that poses a risk to children will be permitted to open as part of our program. We will continue to monitor schools beyond the first day to ensure rigorous adherence to high-quality standards.

My school is on the list of those not having NYC DOE pre-K this year. Does this mean my school isn’t opening?

There are nine sites that are unlikely to have New York City DOE pre-K and we are working closely with families to ensure a seamless transition to another school in the coming days.

Our enrollment specialists have been in contact with families whose children may be impacted.

If you have questions, please contact an enrollment specialist by calling the Department of Education’s Parent Services Hotline at 718-935-2009 or 311.

My school isn’t on the list but I’ve heard my child’s start date is delayed.

Some schools may have delayed start dates. City agency inspections and reviews also identified some sites that will likely have their start dates delayed while oversight and permitting continue. Most of these sites are expected to open on Monday, September 8. Enrollment specialists, or in some cases the schools themselves, are in contact with families whose children may be impacted.

If you would like to consider another school for your child, please contact our enrollment specialists who can identify alternative programs by calling the Department of Education’s Parent Services Hotline at 718-935-2009 or 311.

What if my school is not opening but I don’t want to switch?

Unfortunately, we don’t expect the site you have pre-enrolled with to begin DOE authorized pre-K on Thursday. But our enrollment specialists are ready to help you find seats available at other DOE sites if you would like to consider other options.

If my school is delayed, will this impact the number of days of instruction for my child?

No, we are committed to ensuring every child receives 180 days of instruction. Enrollment specialists are in contact with impacted families. If you need additional information, please call 311 and ask to be referred to a pre-K enrollment specialist.

How do I know my school is safe?

Over the summer, the City mounted an aggressive inspection process including agencies from FDNY, the Department of Buildings, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Department of Investigation. In addition, all sites must meet the Department of Education’s rigorous quality and academic standards. Only when all such conditions are met is the site permitted to open.

The safety and well-being of children is our priority. Agencies will continue to monitor sites beyond the first day to ensure rigorous adherence to high-quality standards.

What if I want to change schools? What is the last day I can decide on a school?

While many seats are already filled, enrollment specialists are available to discuss options. Children can change programs up till September 30.

Will there be new programs or schools opening up this fall?

This year, more than 50,000 children will be learning at more than 1,700 sites. While we do not expect to open any new programs beyond September, in the following year, we will expand the number of seats available to more than 70,000.

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