Looking for pre-K options? Check out this list of programs that may have available seats now!
Programs will contact you directly if a seat becomes available for your child. See below for more information about pre-K waitlists.
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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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 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.
Free, full-day, high-quality 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.
UpdatePlease review this list of continuing and newly awarded half-day programs. You can find all of these programs on Pre-K Finder.Looking for full-day pre-K programs that may have available seats right now? Please review this program list—it's current as of August 31.
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.
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. The Round 2 application period closed on Friday, July 10.
If you applied, your child was automatically placed on the waitlist for all programs listed higher on your application than where you received an offer. If you are interested in being placed on additional waitlists, please contact programs directly.A list of programs with currently available seats is posted on the Pre-K Resources page.
You can also complete the Get in Touch form to have an enrollment specialist assist you with locating a pre-K program for your child.
You may directly contact any programs from the Main Round and request to be added to the waitlist. If a seat becomes available, the program will contact you directly to make an offer. Round 2 program waitlists opened on August 24.
Yes! You will remain on Main Round program waitlists and be eligible to receive waitlist offers even if you applied and received an offer during Round 2.
No. If you don’t receive an offer to your first choice program, you’ll be placed on the waitlist for that program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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If you’re interested in half-day NYCEEC pre-K programs or charter school pre-K programs, please contact those programs directly.
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.
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