Learn how Pre-K for All prepares your child for success in school and life.
Use Pre-K Finder to research pre-K programs throughout New York City.
Read the Pre-K Directory to learn about the admissions process. Available in translation.
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.
You can still find a free, full-day high quality pre-K seat for fall 2016! Contact programs directly to ask about availability or to get on the waitlist. You can also fill out the get-in-touch form and an enrollment specialist will call you to help you explore your options.
Pre-K programs are available at:
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. Type in your address to see programs in your area.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for email updates about pre-K admissions.
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 program 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.
Sign up to receive email updates about pre-K admissions.
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Learn about accessibility and view the list of accessible schools.
If you have questions about pre-K admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.