Apply now to pre-K for the 2017-2018 school year!
Read the 2017 NYC Pre-K Directory to learn the steps to apply and start researching your pre-K program options. Available in translation.
Fill out the Get-in-Touch Form and an enrollment specialist will call you to help you explore your options.
High-quality pre-K seats are still available at many programs citywide. Visit Pre-K Finder to see a list of programs with availability.
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Apply by March 3
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 are in a safe learning environment with many opportunities to explore, create, and participate in engaging learning activities and to interact with other children and adults. Programs build on the strengths and diverse backgrounds children and families bring to the classroom to support all learners in gaining foundations for success in school, at home, and in life.
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.
Use the resources below to learn how the admissions process works and research your choices:
Pre-K resources are also available in translation:العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردو
Use the following resources to learn about all of your pre-K options:
Pre-K Directory: Learn about the admissions process and find programs that interest you.
Pre-K Finder: Use Pre-K Finder to research pre-K programs and find new choices before completing your application.
School Search: Find your zoned school to see the pre-K program near your where you live.
School Open Houses: Attend school open houses to learn about pre-K programs that interest you.
There are four types of pre-K program options:
NYCDOE Pre-K Centers: Programs led and operated by NYCDOE staff.
NYCDOE District Schools: Programs located within public elementary schools.
NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs): Programs offered by community-based organizations that contract with NYCDOE.
Charter Schools: Public schools that operate independent of NYCDOE regulations.
All NYC families with a child born in 2013, including students with disabilities, can apply to pre-K until Friday, March 3, 2017. You can list up to 12 choices on your Pre-K Application—remember to include the program code and to consider many different program options.
Apply one of three ways:
All applications received by the March 3 deadline are treated the same—our application process is not first-come, first-served. You can update your application until the March 3 deadline, if you have already submitted.
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.
If you are interested in pre-K at a charter school or half-day and 5-hour NYCEEC pre-K programs, contact those programs directly to apply.
All families who submit an application by the March 3 deadline will get an offer letter in late April 2017 and will need to accept it by May 9, 2017.
To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the program where your child received the offer—contact the program to schedule a time. Learn what you need to bring to pre-register your child or download the checklist.
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:
East Village Community School (01M315): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
The Children’s Workshop School (01M361): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
The Neighborhood School (01M363): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-kindergarten seats.
The Earth School (01M364): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats.
Charrette School (02M003): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for pre-K seats after all zoned students are admitted.
Castle Bridge School (06M513): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for 50% of pre-K seats and 10% of seats will be prioritized for families impacted by incarceration.
Brooklyn New School (15K146): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for pre-K seats after all zoned students are admitted.
The Children’s School (15K418): Students who qualify for FRL or are ELLs will have priority for 33% of pre-K seats.
Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School (17K705): Students who are ELLs and/or living in child welfare system will have priority for 20% of pre-K seats
New American Academy (17K770): Students who qualify for FRL will have priority for 40% of pre-K seats.
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.
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.
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.
Your ranking of programs does not affect your priority at those programs. You are matched to your highest-ranked program possible, based on your and other applicants’ priorities.
Listing more programs on your application does not decrease your chances of getting an offer to your first choice program.
Learn more about Admissions Priorities and see each program’s Admissions Priorities in the Pre-K Directory.
All NYC families with children born in 2013, including students with disabilities, may apply to pre-K programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Many preschool students with disabilities can receive their special education services at a general education pre-K program. Some families will work with their local Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to identify a program that meets the needs of their child. If your child already has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), enrollment in a preschool program is based on the IEP recommendation. Click here to read more.
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.
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If you have questions about pre-K admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.