NYC Applications for Pre-K

January 20, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY –  All New York City families with children born in 2013 are eligible to apply for Pre-K for All starting and the main round of applications closes February 24.

There are free, full-day, high-quality pre-K seats for every four-year old in New York City and a record 70,430 students registered for free, full-day, high quality pre-K as of the first day of the 2016-17 school year.

Pre-K Quality ‘Snapshot’, a new tool for families to learn about pre-K program options is now available for nearly 1,800 full-day pre-K programs. This tools provides an accessible, clear, concise resource to help families learn more about their options and make decisions about which program is the right fit for their child. The Snapshots are available online and in libraries and community organizations across the City.

“We have made Pre-K for All a reality in New York City, and it is transformative for tens of thousands of students and families,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “All families with children born in 2013 should apply – not only are our 4-year-olds getting an invaluable foundation for their education, this program is also easing the financial burden of child care for hard-working New Yorkers.”

All New York City families with children born in 2013 are eligible to apply to pre-K for the 2017-18 school year. This includes children with disabilities and children whose home language is not English. Families can complete the single application process online at, over the phone at 718-935-2067, or in person at a Family Welcome Center. The single application allows families to list up to 12 full-day pre-K programs – across the unified system of DOE district schools, DOE-run Pre-K Centers and NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) – ranking programs of interest in order of preference. The online application is available in ten languages, and families can submit an application over the phone or in person in over 200 languages. Families interested in half-day, 5-hour NYCEEC pre-K programs or charter school pre-K programs should contact those programs directly to apply.

“First and foremost, I encourage all families with children born in 2013 to apply for free, full-day, high-quality pre-K by February 24 – this is a critical year where students will build the foundation they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The release of the Pre-K Quality Snapshot also represents an important step forward, and reflects our commitment to family engagement. Families are our partners in the work of educating New York City’s children – from pre-K through 12th grade – and the new Snapshot is one more way of getting them clear information on pre-K programs and helping them make the best decisions for their child.”

January 19, 2017

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