Thank you! You will receive a decision letter in June.
Complete the Get in Touch form if you haven't applied to pre-K and an enrollment specialist will reach out to you. You can also call 311 or visit a Family Welcome Center.
Don't worry. You can apply in Round 2 from June 22-July 10.
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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.
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.
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. Decision letters to all families who applied will be sent in June.Missed the application deadline? You can apply in the Round 2 application period from June 22-July 10. Round 2 will include new pre-K programs at district schools and NYCEECs. Until the Round 2 application period opens, you can:
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 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.
Learn more about types of accessibility and view the lists of functionally accessible schools in each borough.
If you’re interested in half-day NYCEEC pre-K programs or charter school pre-K programs, please contact those programs directly.
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.
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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Learn about accessibility and view the list of functionally accessible schools.
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