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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. Your child can learn to problem-solve, ask questions, and explore the world around them in a safe, nurturing learning community.

  • Apply to pre-K for the 2023-2024 school year by March 10, 2023.
  • 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, each with their own eligibility requirements. Learn more.
  • Pre-K programs are offered throughout the five boroughs in three settings. Each setting offers a consistent DOE high-quality, play-based curriculum. Settings might be:
    • select public elementary schools,
    • Pre-K centers run by NYCDOE staff, and
    • community-based organizations (CBOs).

2. Determine your eligibility

All NYC families with children born in 2018 can enroll for the 2023-2024 school year.

Children with disabilities or who are learning English can attend pre-K for all.

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?

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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

Apply on MySchools by March 10, 2023. 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 in MySchools.

Apply for Pre-K

Apply by phone

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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 if you have questions about getting into pre-K.

Call 311

Ask for Pre-K For All.

Last Updated March 14, 2023

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