1. How it Works
3-K provides free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds.
- Apply to 3-K for the 2023-2024 school year by March 10, 2023.
- In New York City, you can apply to 3-K in the calendar year that your child turns three.
- 3-K programs will be offered in 32 districts in Fall 2023.
- Find your school district by using the School Search map tool or calling 311.
- You can apply to any school district across the city.
- Your child has priority to attend 3-K programs in the district where you live.
- Children can enroll in Full Day, Extended Day and Year, and Head Start seat types. Learn more.
- 3-K programs are offered throughout the five boroughs in four settings. Each setting offers a consistent DOE high-quality, play-based curriculum. Settings might be:
- select public elementary schools
- Pre-K centers run by NYCDOE staff
- community-based organizations (CBOs)
- home-based family child care centers
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 at Esenrollment@schools.nyc.gov if you have questions about 3-K.
Ask for “3-K for All”.
2. Determine your eligibility
All New York City families with children born in 2020 can enroll for the 2023-2024 school year.
Children with disabilities or who are learning English can attend 3-K.
Children do not need to be toilet trained to attend 3-K.
Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.Am I Eligible?
3. How to apply
Here are your options.
Apply on MySchools by March 10, 2023. You can apply in English, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu.
After you apply, you can make changes to your application before the deadline.
Apply by phone
Enroll over the phone by calling 718-935-2009.
- Apply by March 10, 2023.
- Monday-Friday between 8am and 6pm.
- Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages.
Apply in person
Apply at a Family Welcome Center by March 10, 2023.
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