Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten

Accept Your Main Round Offer by 5/20

If you received a pre-K offer and want to accept it, take these steps by May 20:

• Go in person to the program you are accepting to pre-register
• Bring the required documentation 

You can still apply to Round 2 even if you accepted your Main Round offer.

Apply to Pre-K Round 2 by 5/20

Apply to free, full-day, high quality pre-K programs from May 2-20, 2016. 

Use Pre-K Finder and the Round 2 Program List to explore your options.

Know the Benefits of Pre-K for All

Learn how Pre-K for All prepares your child for success in school and life.

Find a Pre-K Program

Use Pre-K Finder to research Round 2 pre-K programs before completing your application.

Read the 2016 Pre-K Round 2 Program List

Learn about free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K for All Round 2 programs. Available in translation.



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Apply to Round 2 by May 20, 2016.
Accept your Main Round offer by May 20, 2016.
 

With Pre-K for All, Opportunity Starts Now

In free, full-day, high-quality pre-K, teachers are sparking wonder and igniting learning in our children. Pre-K for All gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school and a better chance at success in life. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience. In these high-quality programs, children develop and learn how to interact with others, share, wait their turns, and listen.

Pre-K for All runs five days per week from September to June. Most pre-K options are on a full-day schedule (6 hours and 20 minutes). Some 5-hour and half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) options are also available. 

Accept Your Main Round Offer       

If you applied to pre-K in the Main Round, the deadline to accept your  offer and pre-register is May 20—you must pre-register in person with the required documentation at the program whose offer you are accepting. Offer letters were mailed the week of May 2, 2016.

You can also explore Round 2 pre-K program options and apply in Round 2. Submitting a Round 2 application does not affect your current offer or waitlist status.

Apply Now to Pre-K Round 2       

If your child was born in 2012 and you live in New York City, submit an application from May 2-20, 2016. Use the Pre-K Finder and the Round 2 Program List to explore your options. All applications received by the May 20 deadline are treated the same—our application process is not first-come, first-served. You can update your application until the May 20 deadline if you have already submitted. All families must submit an application to receive a pre-K offer.

  • Apply Online: Create an account on our application site and submit your application. Online applications are accepted until Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11:59pm. If you do not have an email address and/or do not wish to provide an email address, please apply over the phone or in person.
  • Apply Over the Phone: Call us at 718-935-2067 between 8:00am and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Phone applications are accepted until Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:00pm.
  • Apply In Person: Visit a counselor at a Family Welcome Center from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Applications are accepted until Friday, May 20, 2016 at 3:00pm.

Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone and in-person application submissions. Please request an interpreter if you speak a language other than English.

After you apply, you will receive your Round 2 pre-K offer letter in mid-June 2016.

Find a Pre-K Program

Pre-K programs are available at:

  • NYCDOE Pre-K Centers: Programs dedicated exclusively to pre-K students that are led and operated by NYCDOE staff.
  • NYCDOE District Schools: Programs located within public elementary schools and overseen by the school’s principal.
  • NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs): Community-based organizations that contract with the NYCDOE through a competitive process to provide free pre-K programs. 
  • Charter Schools: Public schools that operate under a state-authorized charter, independent of NYCDOE regulations. Contact charter schools directly to apply to their pre-K programs.

Use the following resources to learn about all of your pre-K options.

Pre-K Directory: Learn about the admissions process and what programs are available. 

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You can also pick up a print copy from pre-K providers, elementary schools, Family Welcome Centers, local libraries, or community centers. Look up the address of a pre-K provider by using the PDF directory or Pre-K Finder.

Pre-K Finder: Use Pre-K Finder to research pre-K programs and find new choices before completing your application. Type in your address to see programs in your area. 

Tours and Open Houses: Attend program tours and open houses to learn more about the pre-K programs that interest you.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for email updates about pre-K admissions. 

Pre-K FAQs: Main Round Offers

  • How do I accept my Main Round offer?

    To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person with the required documentation at the program whose offer you are accepting by May 20. 

  • What documentation is required to pre-register?   

    When you pre-register with the school where you received an offer, you must bring:

    • The child you are pre-registering
    • Child’s birth certificate, passport, or record of baptism which includes the date of birth, or other official document of age (See Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 for documents accepted for proof of age)
    • Immunization records
    • Latest report card/transcript (if available)
    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)
    • Proof of address which may be verified by any two of the following containing the address of residence:

      • A lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence
      • A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by a utility company (e.g., National Grid or Con Edison), must be dated within the past 60 days
      • A bill for cable television services provided to the residence; must include the name of the parent and the address of the residence and be dated within the past 60 days
      • Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency, including the IRS, the City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor or the federal Office of Refugee Settlement, indicating the resident’s name and address, must be dated within the past 60 days
      • A current property tax bill for the residence
      • A water bill for the residence dated within the past 90 days
      • Rent receipt which includes the address of the residence, must be dated within the past 60 days
      • State, city, or other government issued identification (including an IDNYC card), which has not expired and includes the address of residence
      • Income tax form for the last calendar year
      • Official NYS Driver’s License or learner’s permit which has not expired
      • Official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days such as a pay stub with home address, a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt (a letter on the employer’s letterhead is not adequate); must include home address and be dated within the past 60 days
      • Voter registration documents, which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
      • Unexpired membership documents based upon residency (e.g., neighborhood residents’ association), which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
      • Evidence of custody of the child, including but not limited to judicial custody orders or guardianship papers documents issued within the past 60 days with name of child and address of residence

      Please note: If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit.

  • What if my address changed after I applied or after I received my offer?

    You should contact the program where you received an offer to let them know about the change. Geography is part of the admissions priorities for district schools and Pre-K Centers—it does not factor into the admission priorities for NYCEECs. 

    You should also contact any programs where you are waitlisted, starting the week of May 23, so they can update your information.

  • Why did I get an offer to a program not listed on my application?

    If we are not able to make you an offer to one of the programs listed on your application, you will receive an alternative offer to a program with available seats that is located as close as possible to your home address. It is your choice to accept this offer and if you do, you can you can still apply to additional programs in Round 2.

    You are also automatically placed on the waitlist for all programs that you listed on your application. Programs will contact you directly if a seat becomes available for your child; no action is required to remain on the waitlist.

  • Can I apply in Round 2 if I already applied to pre-K in the Main Round?

    Yes. You can apply in Round 2 regardless of whether you applied or accepted an offer in the Main Round. Pre-registering for your Main Round offer does not limit you from applying to another program in Round 2. 

    Pre-K FAQs: Round 2 Application Period

    • What information will I need to complete a Round 2 pre-K application?

      When you apply, you will need the following information:

      1. Your child’s name and date of birth
      2. Your name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable)
      3. Child’s current program (if applicable)
      4. Name, date of birth, and grade of siblings who will be enrolled at the programs you are applying to (if applicable)
      5. Child’s home language (if applying to a Dual Language or Enhanced Language Support program)
      6. The programs you are applying to, ranked in order of your preference

    • How many pre-K programs can I list on my application?

      You can list up to 12 programs on the application and you should rank them in order of preference. You can apply to pre-K programs in any zone or district across New York City.

    • How does ranking program choices affect my program offer?

      You will get an offer to your highest ranked program that you have an admissions priority for. If you can be matched to more than one of your program choices based on your priority level, you will receive an offer to whichever program was ranked higher on your application.

      Listing more programs on your application will not decrease your chances of receiving an offer to your first choice program.

      To learn about admissions priorities and to see a full list of each program’s admissions priorities, please see the Pre-K Directory.

    • How do I apply to half-day and 5-hour NYCEEC or charter school pre-K programs?

      If you’re interested in half-day and 5-hour NYCEEC pre-K programs or charter school pre-K programs, please contact those programs directly to apply.

    • Is transportation provided for pre-K students?

      No, the NYCDOE does not provide transportation for pre-K students with the exception of some students with disabilities.

    • Do pre-K programs provide extended hours?

      Some programs offer extended hours (such as early drop-off and/or late pick-up services) as an option for families. You can find out which programs offer these services by referring to the “Program Information” section for each program in the Round 2 Program List or Pre-K Finder. Please Note: Participating in extended hours is not mandatory and programs may charge fees—contact programs directly for more information.

    • Why do some programs have additional eligibility requirements?

      Some NYCEEC pre-K programs have additional eligibility requirements related to your household income, your address, government services received, or your child care needs. NYCEECs with additional eligibility criteria are indicated on Pre-K Finder and in the Round 2 Program List.

      If you receive an offer to one of these programs, you may need to provide documentation verifying your eligibility in order to accept the offer in addition to the required NYCDOE documents necessary to pre-register for pre-K.

      These NYCEEC programs also typically are able to provide free or low-cost extended day services to eligible families. While full-day pre-K is free and available to all NYC four-year-olds, some programs may require a co-pay due to the subsidized wrap-around services provided.

      If you are unsure about your eligibility, call these programs to get additional details prior to listing them on your application.

    • Is pre-K offered for students with disabilities?

      Yes. All families with children born in 2012, including students with disabilities, may apply to pre-K programs for the 2016-2017 school year through the pre-k application process described in the 2016 NYC Pre-K Directory. Please visit the Students with Disabilities page to learn more about how pre-K students with disabilities can participate in our process.

    • Are Dual Language pre-K programs available?

      Yes. Some programs provide a Dual Language option that offers instruction in two languages—half in English and half in the target language—with the aim of enabling students to become bilingual. Dual Language programs are indicated on Pre-K Finder and in the Round 2 Program List. If you wish to apply to both the Dual Language and general education options at a program, you must list both options on your application.

      Some NYCEECs provide Enhanced Language Support programs that offer additional supports for children whose home language is a language other than English. Enhanced Language Support programs are indicated in Pre-K Finder and the Round 2 Program List.

    • What should I expect after I submit my application?

      All families that submit an application by the May 20 deadline will get an offer letter in mid-June 2016. 

      You are automatically placed on the waitlist for all programs that you ranked higher than the program where you receive an offer. Programs will contact you directly if a seat becomes available for your child; no action is required to remain on the waitlist.

      To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the program where your child received the offer. Bring documentation of your child’s age and proof of residence when you go to pre-register.