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Early education for three-year-olds

3-K for All (3-K) | NYC Department of Education

1. How it Works

3-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds. Visit to find programs for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Applications for the 2020-2021 school year open in Winter 2020
  • Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed but you can still participate—add your child to programs’ wait lists by contacting schools directly or with MySchools
  • Apply online, by phone, or in person
  • Search for programs and add your child to the wait list by phone at 718-935-2009 or at a Family Welcome Center
  • Available for students with disabilities and students learning English
  • Requires proof of address and child’s age
  • 3-K is currently offered in the following school districts: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 31, and 32

2. Determine your eligibility

NYC families who have a child born in 2017 can apply to 3-K for All in select School Districts.

3. What you need to include

After you find out which 3-K program your child can go to, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of child’s age
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Proof of address with two documents

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year open in Winter 2020. To apply, visit the 3-K for All website.

  1. Use MySchools to look at different programs before applying. Type in your address to see programs near you.
  2. Apply for the program(s) of your choice.

Apply on MySchools

Apply by phone

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the 3-K website to find out more information.

Email 3-K admissions

Email 3-K admissions if you have questions about Pre-K.

Call 311

Ask for “3-K for All” or text “3k” to 877-877

Call 3-K

Call 718-935-2009 if you have questions about getting into Pre-K.

Visit a Family Welcome Center

Visit a Family Welcome Center to learn more about 3-K programs.

Last Updated Wednesday, September 23rd, 9:11am