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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 spark wonder and ignite learning in 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 2020-2021 school year open in early 2020.
  • Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed. If you did not apply, you can still take part—add your child to programs’ wait lists by contacting schools directly or with MySchools.
  • Apply online, by phone, or in person.
  • Available for students with disabilities and students learning English.
  • Requires proof of address and child’s age.

2. Determine your eligibility

All New York City families with a child born in 2016 can apply to Pre-K for All starting in February, 2020.

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

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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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Proof of having health insurance

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

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Applications for the 2020-2021 school year open in early 2020. When the application opens:

  1. Use MySchools 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

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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.