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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 in a growing number of school districts. There are also free or low-cost 3-K programs with an extended day and year, including Head Start, in every school district.

  • Application for the 2021-2022 school year opens February 24, 2021, and the deadline to apply is May 28, 2021.
  • Apply online at MySchools or by phone at 718-935-2009.
  • Available for students with disabilities and students learning English.
  • Requires proof of address and child’s age.
  • In fall 2021, 3-K for All programs will be offered in these districts:
    • Manhattan: Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
    • Bronx: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
    • Brooklyn: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 32
    • Queens: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30
    • Staten Island: 31
  • Find your school district by using the School Search map tool or calling 311.

2. Determine your eligibility

NYC families who have a child born in 2018 can apply to 3-K for All for the 2021-22 school year.

3. What you need to include

View the pre-registration checklist to learn more about what you’ll need to pre-register your child and accept their 3-K offer. For translated copies of the checklist, view the Documents section of the 3-K enrollment page.

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  1. Use MySchools to look at different programs before applying. Type in your address to see programs near you.
  2. When the application opens, you can also use MySchools to submit your child’s application.

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 3-K.

Call 311

Ask for “3-K for All”.

Call 3-K

Call 718-935-2009 if you have questions about getting into 3-K.

Last Updated Tuesday, March 30th, 10:39am

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