Pre-Kindergarten

Pre K Schools

News and Updates

The pre-kindergarten application period is now closed. Pre-k decision letters will be mailed to families in early June.

If you missed the application deadline for public schools, or if you want more information, complete this survey. We will respond with information about available pre-k programs in your area!

If you missed the application period for public schools, you can also contact schools directly starting June 16.

For more key dates about pre-k admissions see the Events page.

    If you live in New York City and your child is turning 4 years old in 2014, it’s time to think about applying to pre-kindergarten!
    • Children turning four years old in 2014 who live in New York City are eligible to attend pre-k programs.
    • Pre-k is free. You do not have to pay to attend programs offered by the NYC Department of Education.
    • Programs can be half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) or full-day (6 hours and 20 minutes). Half-day programs may take place in the morning (AM) or afternoon (PM).
    • Programs are available at public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs). There are separate application processes for public schools and CBOs.

    Pre-K Options: Public Schools and Community Based-Organizations


    Public School Pre-K Programs

    • The pre-kindergarten application period is now closed. Pre-k decision letters will be mailed to families in early June.
    • If you missed the application deadline for public schools, or if you want more information, complete this survey. We will respond with information about available pre-k programs in your area!
    • Familes who missed the application period for public schools should also contact schools directly starting June 16.

     Community-Based Organization (CBO) Pre-K Programs

    • CBOs are independent groups that contract with the Department of Education to provide free pre-k programs and other services to families.
    • CBOs manage their own application process. Get the CBO application from any CBO program site or here. Then, deliver the CBO application in person to each site for which you want to apply.
    • Admissions criteria vary by CBO. Most CBOs admit students on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Pre-K Directory & Expansion Guide

    The 2014-2015 Pre-K Expansion Guide is now available. This booklet provides detailed information about new full-day public school pre-k programs announced in April 2014.

    The 2014-2015 Pre-K Directory is updated with a complete list of all public school and community-based organization pre-k program options available for your child this September.

     

    Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities may apply to all pre-k programs according to standard Pre-K Admissions. Some students may require additional supports. Please read about Pre-K Admissions for students who require special education services.