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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

Children who attend Pre-K for All programs get a strong start in school and life. They 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.

  • Applications for the 2021-22 school year open on February 24, 2021, and the deadline to apply is April 19, 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

2. Determine your eligibility

All New York City families with a child born in 2017 can apply to Pre-K for All for the 2021-22 school year.

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

The pre-K application for the 2021-22 school year opens on February 24, and the deadline to apply is April 19.

  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 Pre-K website to learn more about the Pre-K application process.

Email Pre-K admissions

Email 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.

Last Updated Tuesday, April 6th, 10:03am

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