Learn how to apply to pre-K this year and make a plan for Kindergarten and Gifted & Talented Admissions next year.
The pre-K application period begins in January 2017. More details will be available soon, but please subscribe to our email list for the most up-to-date information.
Learn how Pre-K for All prepares your child for success in school and life.
Read the Pre-K Directory to learn about the admissions process. Available in translation.
High-quality pre-K seats are still available at many programs citywide. Visit Pre-K Finder to see a list of programs with availability.
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.
Pre-K programs are available at:
Use the following resources to learn about all of your pre-K options.
Pre-K Directory: The 2017 NYC Pre-K Directory is coming soon!
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.
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. Details about each school’s specific pilot will be available in the forthcoming pre-K directories. These 10 schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
If you need help finding a full-day, high-quality pre-K seat for fall 2016, fill out the Get-in-Touch form and an enrollment specialist will call you to help you explore your options. You can also Pre-K Finder to find pre-K programs of interest, and then contact those programs directly to ask about availability or to get on the waitlist.
When you pre-register with the school where you received an offer, you must bring:
Please note: If you are not the leaseholder of your residence, you must submit a Residency Affidavit.
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 are automatically placed on the waitlist for all programs you rank higher on the application than the program where you receive an offer. For example, if you receive an offer to a program you listed third on your application, you are automatically placed on the waitlist for your first and second choice programs. Programs will contact you directly if a seat is available for your child.
If you are not already on a program’s waitlist, you can contact them directly to inquire about their waitlist.
No, the NYCDOE does not provide transportation for pre-K students, except for some students with disabilities and students in temporary housing.
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.
Learn about key dates and events this school year.
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If you have questions about pre-K admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.