Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-K Schools

Round 2 Application is Now Open!

You can apply to pre-K programs in Round 2 until July 10 which includes new pre-K programs. The Round 2 Pre-K Program List is available here.

Main Round Waitlists

Main Round pre-K programs will begin making waitlist offers starting Monday June 29! Programs will contact you directly if a seat becomes available for your child.

Pre-K What to Expect

The graduating Pre-K Class of 2015 has some advice about what to expect come September. Don’t miss this video!

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The Round 2 application period is now open! Submit an online application.

With Pre-K for All, Opportunity Starts Now

In full-day pre-K, teachers are sparking wonder and igniting learning in our children. Pre-K gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school…and a better chance at success in life.

Studies show that early instruction improves performance throughout a child’s school experience. In these great programs, children develop and learn how to interact with others, behave in public, share, wait their turns, and listen.

Find a Pre-K Program

Full-day pre-K programs are available at district schools, NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs), and charter schools. With our pre-K programs, working families know their kids are safe, learning, and growing during the workday.

What to Look for in a Pre-K Program

It is important that you find a program that is a good fit for your child and family. Learn about what to look for in a Pre-K program and what questions you can ask when visiting or speaking with pre-K program administrators or teachers.

  • Program hours and services offered 
  • Daily schedule for your child 
  • Expectations for learning
  • Family engagement practices

Apply for Free, Full-Day, High-Quality Pre-K for All

If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2011, your child is eligible to attend a free, full-day, high-quality pre-K program in September 2015.

Please note that the Main Round application period closed on Friday, April 24. 

You can apply to new pre-K programs at district schools, NYCEECs, and Pre-K Centers during the Round 2 application period from June 22-July 10. You can apply in Round 2 even if you accept and pre-register for an offer received in the Main Round.

Round 2 pre-K programs include new options that were not previously available, as well as other featured pre-K programs. The Round 2 Pre-K Program List, available on the Pre-K Resources page, provides information about the full-day pre-K options to which families can currently apply. Additional Round 2 pre-K programs will be added to the Program List during the Round 2 application period. Please check back to review all options before completing a Round 2 application.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the required documentation needed to pre-register?

    1. Offer letter
    2. Proof of your child’s age
    3. Two documents verifying proof of residence
     
    Lists of acceptable documentation for proof of date of birth and proof of residence can be found on our New Students page.

  • How can I apply to the programs in Round 2?

    There are three ways for families to complete the pre-K application:
    • Online at nyc.gov/prek
    • Over the phone by calling 718-935-2067
    • In person, at a Family Welcome Center

  • Can I apply in Round 2 even if I already applied in the Main Round and accepted an offer?

    Yes! All families with eligible children can apply for pre-K in Round 2, without forfeiting their Main Round offer. If you receive an offer in Round 2, then you can decide whether or not to accept it and give up your previously accepted offer.

  • Will I remain on Main Round waitlists if I apply in Round 2?

    Yes! You may remain on Main Round program waitlists and be eligible to receive waitlist offers even if you apply and receive an offer during Round 2

  • Am I Guaranteed an Offer to My First Choice Program?

    No. If you don’t receive an offer to your first choice program, you’ll be placed on the waitlist for that program.

  • Can I apply to Main Round programs again?

    Nearly all of the Pre-K Centers offered in the Main Round are available in Round 2, as well as newly available district schools, Pre-K centers, and NYCEECs. If you are interested in Main Round NYCEECs or District School pre-K programs, please contact those programs directly to inquire about availability and waitlists.

  • How Can I Learn More about Pre-K Centers?

    What is a Pre-K Center?
    A Pre-K Center is a pre-K program operated by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) that exclusively serves pre-K students. Pre-K Centers offer free, full-day, high-quality pre-K, and are held to the same rigorous high-quality standards as all Pre-K for All programs.

    Each Pre-K Center has a dedicated, qualified team; its leaders, teachers, and staff are NYCDOE personnel.
     
    Where are Pre-K Centers located?
    Pre-K Centers are located in either in new buildings specifically designed to serve pre-K classes or in existing district school buildings, where space will meet the needs of each pre-K class.
     
    Who works at Pre-K Centers?
    Every Pre-K for All program is required to have an appropriately sized team who are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of every pre-K student.
     
    Each Pre-K Center team is led by a Site Coordinator who reports to the school district's Director of Early Childhood Education. Every district will have an Early Childhood Director who will oversee pre-K Centers and perform other responsibilities related to oversight and support within that district. The Early Childhood Directors report directly into the district Superintendents. All Pre-K for All classrooms, including those at pre-K centers, are led by a minimum of one lead teacher who has a New York State Certification in Early Childhood Education.

  • What are New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs)?

    NYCEECs are organizations that partner with the NYC Department of Education to provide free pre-K programs. NYCEECs are selected through a rigorous evaluation process and are held to the same high-quality standards as district schools.

  • Can I Get on a Waitlist for a Program I Didn’t Apply to?

    You may contact programs from the Main Round application period that you did not apply to and request to be added to their waitlist. If a seat becomes available, the program will contact you directly to make an offer.

  • Are Dual-Language Pre-K Programs Available?

    Yes. Some NYCEECs provide programs that help children develop skills in their native languages. These are called “Enhanced Language Programs.” Some district programs offer Dual Language instruction in two languages—half in English and half in one other language—to help students become bilingual.

  • Is Pre-K Available for Students with Disabilities?

    All of our pre-K programs work to understand, support, and meet the needs of every learner through high-quality classroom instruction and access to additional appropriate supports as necessary. All families, including those of students with disabilities, are encouraged to submit a pre-K application. Regardless of whether a student attends a district school pre-K program or a NYCEEC, the student can receive supports and services.  Learn more.

  • Which Pre-K Sites are Accessible for Students with Limited Mobility?

    Learn more about types of accessibility and view the lists of functionally accessible schools in each borough.

  • How Do I Apply to Half-Day or Charter School Programs?

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

  • Who Oversees NYC Pre-K Programs?

    New York City Department of Education conducts continual academic oversight and support partnering with the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Buildings, and Fire to conduct rigorous and ongoing health and safety inspections for ALL pre-K programs.