Apply Now to Pre-K

Submit your application online, over the phone, or in person between January 25-March 4, 2016.

Know the Benefits of Pre-K For All

Learn about how Pre-K For All prepares your child for success in school and life.

Find a Pre-K Program Near You

Use Pre-K Finder to research pre-K programs and find new choices before completing your application.

Get the 2016 Pre-K Directory

Read your borough directory to learn about free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K For All programs. Available in translation.

Attend a Pre-K For All Admissions Event

Come to an information session in one of the five boroughs to get help with your application.


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Apply Between January 25-March 4, 2016

With Pre-K For All, Opportunity Starts Now

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. 

Apply Now to Pre-K For All!

If your child was born in 2012 and you live in New York City, you can submit an application from January 25-March 4, 2016. All applications received by the March 4 deadline are treated the same—our application process is not first-come, first-served. You can update your application until the March 4 deadline if you have already submitted. All families must submit an application to receive a pre-K offer.

  • Apply Online: Create an account on our application site and submit your application. Online applications are accepted until Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11:59pm. If you do not have an email address and/or do not wish to provide an email address, please apply over the phone or in person.
  • Apply Over the Phone: Call us at 718-935-2067 between 8:00am and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Phone applications are accepted until Friday, March 4, 2016 at 6:00pm.
  • Apply In Person: Visit a counselor at a Family Welcome Center from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Applications are accepted until Friday, March 4, 2016 at 3:00pm.

Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone and in-person application submissions. Please request an interpreter if you speak a language other than English.

After you apply, you will receive your pre-K offer letter in early May 2016.

Find a Pre-K Program

Pre-K programs are available at NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs), NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) district schools, NYCDOE Pre-K Centers, and charter schools. Use the following resources to learn about all of your pre-K options.

Pre-K Directory: Learn about the admissions process and what programs are available. 

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You can also pick up a print copy from pre-K providers, elementary schools, Family Welcome Centers, local libraries, or community centers. Look up the address of a pre-K provider by using the PDF directory or Pre-K Finder.

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. 

Pre-K FAQs

  • What information will I need to complete a pre-K application?

    When you apply, you will need the following information:

    1. Your child’s name and date of birth
    2. Your name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable)
    3. Child’s current program (if applicable)
    4. Name, date of birth, and grade of siblings who will be enrolled at the programs you are applying to (if applicable)
    5. Child’s home language (if applying to a Dual Language or Enhanced Language Support program)
    6. The programs you are applying to, ranked in order of your preference 

  • How many pre-K programs can I list on my application?

    You can list up to 12 programs on the application and you should rank them in order of preference. You can apply to pre-K programs in any zone or district across New York City.

  • How does ranking program choices affect my program offer?

    You will get an offer to your highest ranked program that you have an admissions priority for. If you can be matched to more than one of your program choices based on your priority level, you will receive an offer to whichever program was ranked higher on your application.

    Listing more programs on your application will not decrease your chances of receiving an offer to your first choice program.

    To learn about admissions priorities and to see a full list of each program’s admissions priorities, please see the Pre-K Directory.

  • How do I apply to half-day and 5-hour NYCEEC or charter school pre-K programs?

    Contact the programof interest directly to apply to a half-day or 5-hour NYCEEC or charter school pre-K program. You cannot list these programs on your application.

  • Is transportation provided for pre-K students?

    No, the NYCDOE does not provide transportation for pre-K students with the exception of some students with disabilities.

  • Do pre-K programs provide extended hours?

    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.

  • Why do some programs have additional eligibility requirements?

    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.

  • Is pre-K offered for students with disabilities?

    Yes. All families with children born in 2012, including students with disabilities, may apply to pre-K programs for the 2016-2017 school year through the pre-k application process described in the 2016 NYC Pre-K Directory. Please visit the Students with Disabilities page to learn more about how pre-K students with disabilities can participate in our process.

  • Are Dual Language pre-K programs available?

    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.

  • What should I expect after I submit my application?

    All families that submit an application by the March 4 deadline will get an offer letter in early May 2016. If your child is not matched to any of the programs listed on your application, you will receive an alternative offer to a program with available seats that is located as close as possible to your home address.

    You are automatically placed on the waitlist for all programs that you ranked higher than the program where you receive an offer. Programs will contact you directly if a seat becomes available for your child; no action is required to remain on the waitlist.

    To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the school where your child received the offer. Bring documentation of your child’s age and proof of residence when you go to pre-register.