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Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

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

1. How it Works

Pre-K programs help children get a strong start in school and life. Children learn to problem-solve, ask questions, and explore the world around them. Pre-K programs provide children across NYC with a safe, nurturing learning community.

  • Apply to pre-K for the 2022-2023 school year by March 18, 2022.
  • In New York City, children begin pre-K in the calendar year they turn four.
  • Pre-K programs offer Full day, Extended Day and Year and Head Start seat types. Learn more.
  • Pre-K programs are offered in some public elementary schools, Pre-K centers that are run by NYCDOE staff, and at community-based organizations. Each setting offers a consistent DOE high-quality, play-based curriculum.

2. Determine your eligibility

  • All NYC families with children born in 2018 can enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Children with disabilities attend Pre-K for All programs. Learn more.

Children do not need to be toilet trained to attend pre-K.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

Am I Eligible?

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Baptismal or another religious certificate
  • Driver’s license or learner’s permit, which has not expired

Proof of where you live

Proof of having health insurance

Proof of immunization records

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  • Apply on MySchools by March 18, 2022.
    • You can apply in English, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu.
  • You can also find half-day pre-K programs and charter school pre-K programs in MySchools.

Apply for Pre-K

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the NYC DOE Pre-K website to learn more about the pre-K admissions process.

Email Pre-K admissions

Email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov if you have questions about getting into pre-K.

Call 311

Ask for Pre-K For All.

Call Pre-K admissions

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

Visit a Family Welcome Center

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

Last Updated Friday, March 4th, 2:16pm

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