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Early education for three-year-olds

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

1. How it Works

3-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds.

  • Apply to 3-K for the 2022-2023 school year by April 14, 2022.
  • In New York City, you can apply to 3-K in the calendar year that your child turns three.
  • In fall 2022, 3-K for All programs will be offered in 32 districts.
    • 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 for All 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 at some public elementary schools, Pre-K centers that are run by NYC DOE staff, community-based organizations, and home-based family child care centers. Each setting offers a consistent DOE high-quality, play-based curriculum.

2. Determine your eligibility

  • All New York City families with children born in 2019 can enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Children with disabilities or who are learning English can attend 3-K for All.

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?

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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

Use MySchools to find a 3-K program near you and apply.

  • 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 for 3-K

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 at if you have questions about 3-K.

Call 311

Ask for “3-K for All”.

Call 3-K

Call 718-935-2009 if you have questions about enrolling in 3-K.

Visit a Family Welcome Center

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

Last Updated Wednesday, July 27th, 2:17pm

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