Understand quality at each pre-K program in New York City.
Use the Pre-K Directory or Pre-K Finder to learn about admissions and explore programs. Available in ten languages.
Learn how early childhood education prepares your child for success in school and life.
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In free, full-day, high-quality pre-K, children are in a safe learning environment with opportunities to participate in engaging activities and interact with other children and teaching staff. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience. Learn more about how your child benefits from Pre-K for All.
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Start exploring pre-K programs. Use the tools below to find programs that interest you:
Pre-K FinderUse Pre-K Finder to explore pre-K programs, read the Pre-K Quality Snapshots, and get help from an Enrollment Specialist.
Pre-K DirectoryLearn about the admissions process, including admissions priorities.
School SearchFind your zoned school.
Email UpdatesGet reminders about deadlines and useful information about admissions.
You can also go to Pre-K Admissions Events and Open Houses to explore your options. Get ready for your visit with the Pre-K Quality Snapshot.
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 half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) options are also available. Families can choose from four types of settings for pre-K programs:
Main Round pre-K applications for the 2018-2019 school year were due on March 30 and Late Applications were due on May 2. If you applied late, you will be added to the waitlist for the programs listed on your application. Schools will contact you directly if they can offer you a seat, beginning in May.
Offer letters have been sent to all families who applied to pre-K by the March 30 deadline. To accept your offer, pre-register in person at the program where your child got the offer by June 6—contact the program to schedule a time. Learn what you need to bring to pre-register your child.
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 2018-2019 school year. This year, more schools will give priority to students who receive Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL), English Language Learners (ELLs), students in the child welfare system, and/or families impacted by incarceration. Pre-K programs will still make offers using standard admissions priorities. The schools participating in the pilot initiative are:
Pre-register by June 6 by going to the program where you got the offer with your child, the offer letter, and the required documents. Pre-registering at the program where you got your offer does not have any impact on other programs where you’re on the waitlist. You can still get waitlist offers from these programs even after you have pre-registered. If that happens, you can choose which program you would like your child to attend.
You have already been added to the waitlists of all of the programs you listed on your Late Application. If any of those programs has a seat, they will contact you directly, likely at the phone number you listed, as early as May 9. If you are not able to find a seat, we will be in touch to help.
Use Pre-K Finder to find programs that may have open seats available. You can get on a waitlist by calling the program directly, calling us at 718-925-2009, or visiting a Family Welcome Center. If a program has open seats and no waitlist, you will be able to pre-register immediately.
Some community-based NYCEEC pre-K programs have more eligibility requirements related to your household income, your address, government services you get, or your child care needs. NYCEECs with other eligibility requirements are listed in the Pre-K Directory.To accept an offer to one of these programs, you may need to bring documentation that shows you are eligible to accept the offer, in addition to the required NYCDOE documents that you need to pre-register for pre-K.These NYCEEC programs may be 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 for the additional services they provide (such as longer hours).Call these programs for more details before listing them on your application.
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 looking at the “Program Information” section for each program in the Pre-K Directory or Pre-K Finder. You don’t have to use extended hours and programs may charge fees—contact programs directly for more information.
If you’re interested in half-day and 5-hour NYCEEC pre-K programs or charter school pre-K programs, please contact those programs directly to apply.
No, the NYCDOE does not provide transportation for pre-K students with the exception of some students with disabilities.
Yes. All New York City families with children born in 2014, including students with disabilities, can apply to pre-K programs for the 2018-2019 school year through the pre-k application process described in the Pre-K Directory. Learn more about pre-K for students with disabilities.
Yes. Some programs have a Dual Language option with instruction in two languages—half in English and half in the target language—with the goal of helping students become bilingual. Dual Language programs are listed 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 have Enhanced Language Support programs with supports for children whose home language is a language other than English. Enhanced Language Support programs are listed on Pre-K Finder.
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Find schools that may meet your child’s accessibility needs.Read the Family Guide for Parents and Guardians with Disabilities.
If you have questions about pre-K admissions, please call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.