Pre-K Schools

Apply for Pre-K by April 24

New York City is offering free, full-day, high-quality pre-K to EVERY family.

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Did You Know?

New York City offers pre-K in a variety of settings—district schools, NYC Early Education Centers, and Charter Schools.

To find out more about your options, call 311 or visit a Family Welcome Center near you.

Find and Apply

Use the Pre-K Finder to find and apply for a free, full-day, high-quality
pre-K near you.

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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. Apply one of three ways:

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  • 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.

  • 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 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. To learn more, please visit Students with disabilities.

  • 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.

  • Are Pre-K Admissions First-Come First-Served?

    No. You may submit your application any time before April 24, 2015. Families can take their time to find the best programs for their child.

  • How Many Pre-K Programs can I Apply to?

    You can choose up to 12 programs and list them in order of preference. You can update and resubmit your application until the April 24, 2015 deadline.

  • Can I Use the Same Application for District Schools and Full-Day NYCEECS?


  • 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.

  • When Will I Learn About my Pre-K Placement?

    You will receive a decision letter with a single offer in June 2015. If you receive an offer letter for a program ranked below your first choice, your child is automatically placed on a waitlist for all programs that you ranked higher on your application.. If you don’t receive an offer due to programs filling up, there will still be additional opportunities to find a pre-K program with a seat for your child. Call 311 and a Facilitated Enrollment Specialist will help you find a high-quality pre-K option for your child.

  • 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.