If your child was born in 2014, their journey through New York City public schools begins this year. Start exploring your options now, so that you’re ready to apply to pre-K when the application opens on February 5 (but remember: the application is not first-come first-served).
Who can apply to pre-K?
- Families with children born in 2014
- New York City residents
- Students who move to NYC during the admissions process
- Students with disabilities
- Students whose home language is a language other than English. No program may deny admission, registration, or enrollment to a student based on the student’s fluency or perceived fluency in English.
- Students in Temporary Housing can apply to pre-K even if their housing situation is uncertain. They do not need paperwork to apply to schools, accept an offer, or enroll in a school.
NYC Pre-K Map of NYC.
Read the Pre-K Directory to learn about the admissions process and explore the schools in your community.
Attend an Admissions Event in February to find out how to apply for pre-K and get help with your application, meet staff, see if a program is a good fit for your child, and test out the commute to and from your home.
Find your zoned school.
Get reminders about deadlines and useful information about admissions.
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. 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 or the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).
- Charter Schools: Public schools that operate independent of NYCDOE regulations.
The deadline to apply to pre-K is March 30. If you have any questions, visit Pre-K Admissions or call 718-935-2009.
The Pre-K Admissions Team