If you haven't applied to pre-K yet, apply today!
If your Round 1 offer is right for your student, pre-register by May 9 to reserve your seat.
Use Pre-K Finder to explore new programs, read the Pre-K Quality Snapshots, and get help from an enrollment specialist. Check back often for new programs!
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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 are in a safe learning environment with many opportunities to explore, create, and participate in engaging learning activities and to interact with other children and adults. Programs build on the strengths and diverse backgrounds children and families bring to the classroom to support all learners in gaining foundations for success in school, at home, and in life.
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.
Use the resources below to learn how the admissions process works and research your choices:
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If you applied in Round 1, your offer letter will be sent on Thursday, April 20. Wait to see if your offer is right for your student, and if so, pre-register in person at the program with your student and the required documents by Tuesday, May 9–contact the program to schedule a time.
If you want to explore other choices, you can apply in Round 2. Also, if we are unable to make your child an offer to your first choice pre-K 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.
If your child was born in 2013 and you live in New York City, apply now one of three ways:
Round 2 includes new pre-K programs and programs that still have available seats–check back often for new programs. Remember–Round 2 is not first-come, first-served so there is plenty of time to apply in Round 2 after you receive your offer on April 20.
Use the following resources to learn about all of your pre-K options:
Pre-K Finder: Use Pre-K Finder to explore Round 2 programs, read the Pre-K Quality Snapshots, and get help from an enrollment specialist.
Pre-K Round 2 Program List: Use the Round 2 program list to find new programs in your borough.
Pre-K Directory: Learn about the admissions process, including admissions priorities for Round 2.
School Search: Find your zoned school to see the pre-K program near your where you live.
There are four types of pre-K program options:
NYCDOE Pre-K Centers: Programs led and operated by NYCDOE staff.
NYCDOE District Schools: Programs located within public elementary schools.
NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs): Programs offered by community-based organizations that contract with NYCDOE or the Administration for Children's Services (ACS).
Charter Schools: Public schools that operate independent of NYCDOE regulations.
Elementary schools across the city were invited to participate in a pilot initiative to increase diversity within their schools for students applying this year to attend for the 2017-2018 school year. This year, 10 schools will give priority to students who receive Free Reduced Lunch (FRL), English Language Learners (ELLs), students in the child welfare system, and/or families impacted by incarceration. Pre-K offers will still be made using standard admissions priorities. These 10 schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
East Village Community School (01M315): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
The Children’s Workshop School (01M361): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
The Neighborhood School (01M363): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-kindergarten seats.
The Earth School (01M364): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
Charrette School (02M003): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for pre-K seats after all zoned students are admitted.
Castle Bridge School (06M513): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats and 10% of seats will be prioritized for families impacted by incarceration.
Brooklyn New School (15K146): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for pre-K seats after all zoned students are admitted.
The Children’s School (15K418): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 33% of pre-K seats.
Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School (17K705): Students who are ELLs and/or living in child welfare system will have priority for 20% of pre-K seats
New American Academy (17K770): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for 40% of pre-K seats.
You should wait until you receive your offer on Thursday, April 20 before taking any action. If you are dissatisfied after receiving your offer on Thursday, April 20, you can apply in Round 2.
No. Round 2 is a different pool of available seats than Round 1. Round 2 includes available seats at newly awarded programs as well as existing programs with remaining availability. Once you get your Round 1 offer letter, contact the program to arrange a time to accept your offer and pre-register by Tuesday, May 9. By pre-registering, you are reserving the seat for your child so he/she can attend the program in September 2017.
No. There is no need to apply again to the same program. Every Round 1 applicant will receive an offer. If you are dissatisfied with your Round 1 offer, applying in Round 2 provides you with another opportunity to find a program that meets your needs.
Applying for programs in Round 2 does not affect your Round 1 offer, pre-registration, or waitlist status. Wait to receive your Round 1 offer before you consider applying to Round 2.
No. If you submitted an application in Round 1, no action is necessary at this time. Every applicant who applied in Round 1 will receive an offer on Thursday, April 20.
If you received an offer in Round 1 and you are dissatisfied with your offer, you should apply in Round 2. Complete your application in one of three ways:
• Online: nyc.gov/prek• Phone: 718-935-2067• Family Welcome Center: Visit schools.nyc.gov/WelcomeCenters for locations and hours
Round 2 offers are made according to standard admission priorities. For more information about Pre-K Admissions, please refer to the Pre-K Directory, which is available at nyc.gov/prek and at Family Welcome Centers.
If we are unable to make your child an offer to your first choice pre-K 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 receive your offer.
However, your child will not be automatically added to the waitlist for programs that you listed lower than the program where you receive your offer. For example, if you receive an offer for the program you list third on your application, you will automatically be listed on the waitlist for your first and second choice programs.
If families leave either program and space becomes available for your child, the program will contact you directly. Waitlists are sorted using the same admissions priorities that are used to determine offers. Families who live in a district school’s zone and don’t get an offer will be higher on the district school’s waitlist than families who live outside the zone.
Only programs with available seats are in Round 2. We are still making decisions about the status of some programs for the 2017-2018 school year. We will add several new programs on April 10. Please continue to check the Pre-K Finder for the latest information and program updates. The 2017 Pre-K for All Round 2 Program List is also available on the pre-K website (nyc.gov/prek) in ten languages. In the meantime, you can begin your application in draft form and save it to update at a later date before the application period closes on May 9. We encourage you to explore all of your options.
No. Offers will only be conveyed through a formal offer letter on Thursday, April 20.
The Outreach team can provide you with options based on where you live and what seats are available to ensure that you find a program that best meets the needs of your family. Students may transfer to or newly enroll in pre-K classes at districts schools throughout the year, if seats are available. Students are not permitted to transfer between NYCECCs once they are enrolled.
Yes, we are still in the process of making decisions about some programs. Additional programs will be added to Round 2. Please check the Pre-K Finder for the latest information and program updates.
Call us at 718-935-2009 or request a call from the Pre-K Outreach team by completing the online form on the Pre-K Finder.
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 Pre-K Directory or Pre-K Finder. Please Note: Participating in extended hours is not mandatory and programs may charge fees—contact programs directly for more information.
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 in the program lists of the Pre-K Directory.
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.
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. 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 on Pre-K Finder.
Your ranking of programs does not affect your priority at those programs. You are matched to your highest-ranked program possible, based on your and other applicants’ priorities. Listing more programs on your application does not decrease your chances of getting an offer to your first choice program. Learn more about Admissions Priorities and see each program’s Admissions Priorities in the Pre-K Directory.
All NYC families with children born in 2013, including students with disabilities, may apply to pre-K programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Many preschool students with disabilities can receive their special education services at a general education pre-K program. Some families will work with their local Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to identify a program that meets the needs of their child. If your child already has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), enrollment in a preschool program is based on the IEP recommendation. Click here to read more.
Use Pre-K Finder to find pre-K programs near you.
Use NYC Childcare Connect to find safe, reliable, child care in your neighborhood if your child isn't old enough for pre-K yet.
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If you have questions about pre-K admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.