Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

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

1. How it Works

In free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K, teachers are sparking wonder and igniting learning in our children. Pre-K for All gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school and a better chance at success in life. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience.

  • Applications for the 2018 – 2019 school year open on February 5, 2018
  • Requires proof of address and child’s age
  • Apply online, by phone, or in person
  • Available for students with disabilities and students learning English

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the Pre-K website to find a program and learn more.

Email Pre-K admissions

Email Pre-K admissions 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 getting into Pre-K.

Visit a Family Welcome Center

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

2. Determine your eligibility

All New York City families with a child born in 2014 can apply to Pre-K for All starting on February 5, 2018.

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

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

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Baptismal or another religious certificate

Proof of where you live

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For the household, any one document:

  • Copy of most recent deed
  • Mail from a government agency that has your name and street address (not a P.O. Box)
  • Current letter, lease, or rent receipt with your home address from your landlord
  • Documents from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Documents from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA)
  • Lease signed by both you and your landlord
  • Statement from an employer or social services agency
  • Utility bill (gas, electric, or water)

Leases, telephone bills, and cable bills are not proof of address without other documents.

If your family is sharing an apartment with another family, you will need a notarized letter from the leaseholder or deed holder along with any of the items mentioned above.

Proof of having health insurance

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For each type of insurance of each person with health insurance, any one document:

  • Insurance card

Proof of immunization records

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For each student, any one document:

  • Immunization card
  • Letter from physician

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  1. Use Pre-K Finder 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 online

Apply by phone

Apply over the phone by calling 718-935-2067 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m – 3 p.m, except holidays).

Apply in person

  1. Use Pre-K Finder to research programs and find new choices before completing your application.
  2. Type in your address to see programs near you.
  3. Download and fill in the application for the programs of your choice.
  4. Submit your application online or bring your completed application to a Family Welcome Center.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the Pre-K website to find a program and learn more.

Email Pre-K admissions

Email Pre-K admissions 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 getting into Pre-K.

Visit a Family Welcome Center

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

Updated January 26, 2018