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Pre-kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year is available to all children who were born in 2015 and live in New York City.

The application period is now over, but you can add yourself to a program's waitlist.

You can apply for:

  • Full-day programs at District Schools, Pre-K Centers, and NYC Early Education Centers
  • Half-day and 5-hour programs at NYC Early Education Centers

Online

You can visit the Pre-K website to:

  • Get the 2019 Pre-K Admissions Guide
  • Find open houses
  • Sign up for email alerts
  • Request a phone call

Get Pre-K enrollment information.

The most current pre-K program information is available on the pre-K finder.

Find a pre-K program.

By Phone

You can get information about how to submit an application.

Call 311 for assistance.

During the application period, you can apply for full day pre-K programs:

Online

You can apply with your MySchools account.

Visit the MySchools website.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

In Person

You can submit an application at a Family Welcome Center. To find a Family Welcome Center, use the School Enrollment Centers page.

To apply for half-day and 5-hour programs at Early Education Centers, you must contact the program directly. You can't apply for these programs using the DOE Pre-K Application.

Online

Use the NYC Pre-K Finder.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

If you would like to transfer a Pre-K student to a different program, contact that new program. You will be able to determine if there are seats available and whether the school has any enrollment restrictions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for pre-K, a child must be:

  • A New York City resident
  • 4 years old by December 31 of the year of enrollment

Admissions Priorities and Regulations

Full Day Programs

Admissions are managed by the Department of Education's Office of Student Enrollment. Admissions are not based on a first-come, first-served basis, but instead follow the admissions priorities listed in the Pre-K Finder.

Half Day and 5 Hour Programs

Admission priorities vary by program. Applying to half-day or 5-hour programs does not affect pre-K admissions to full-day programs.

You can get detailed information about admissions priorities and regulations in the Pre-K Admissions Guide online.

Get Pre-K enrollment information.

Bring two of the following to the school to prove your address:

  • Income tax form for the last calendar year
  • State, City, or other government-issued identification (including an IDNYC card), which has not expired, and includes the address of residence
  • Official NYS Driver License, Non-Driver ID card, or learner permit, which includes the current address of residence and has not expired
  • A rent receipt, which includes the address of residence, dated within the past 60 days
  • A residential utility bill (gas or electric) issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority, dated within the last 60 days
  • Water bill for the residence, dated within the past 90 days
  • A cable bill for the residence, which includes the name of the parent and the address of the residence, dated within the past 60 days
  • Documentation or a letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service, NYC Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration, and the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) or an ACS subcontractor. It should also include the resident's name and address and be dated within the past 60 days
  • A lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence
  • A current property tax bill for the residence
  • Official payroll documentation from an employer, including a pay stub with the home address or payroll receipt (a letter on employer's letterhead is not adequate). It must include home address and be dated within the past 60 days
  • Voter registration documents, which include the name of the parent and the address of residence
  • Unexpired membership document based upon residency, which includes the name of the parent and the address of residence
  • Evidence of custody, including custody orders or guardianship papers, issued within the past 60 days, which includes name of the student and the home address

Offer Letters

Families who applied for public school pre-K programs received offer letters by email or regular mail in May 2019.

If you don't receive a letter once they are available, you can check the status of your application by phone.

Call 311 for assistance.

Accepting an Offer

To accept a public school pre-K offer, you need to pre-register at the school where the child got the offer. The deadline to accept an offer will be in early June.

For pre-K programs not at public schools, contact the program directly for information.

Waitlists

If you didn't get your first choice, you are added to the waitlist at the schools that were ranked higher on your application. If a seat becomes available, the school will contact you with an offer. You can contact the schools where you are waitlisted to find out where your child is ranked on the list.

You can also contact schools that you didn't list on your application and ask to be added to their program waitlists.

If you submitted a late application, you will be added to the waitlist in mid-May for any program you list on your application.

As part of the Diversity in Admissions initiative, District 1 offers a Family Resource Center (FRC) to help families navigate the pre-K and Kindergarten admissions processes. Services are open to families from any district.

The FRC provides:

  • Information about individual District 1 pre-K and Kindergarten programs
  • Help completing applications
  • Support for families of students with disabilities, including information about the services available at each District 1 school
  • Help accessing community and social services
  • Events and forums for parents, schools, and the community

The FRC is located inside P.S. 20 Anna Silver at 166 Essex Street, Room 126. It is open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

You can get more information about the Family Resource Center:

Online

Visit the District 1 Family Resource Center Website.

By Email

Send a message to District1NYC@gmail.com.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

The Department of Education accepts complaints about pre-kindergarten programs in New York City, including complaints about universal pre-kindergarten facilities, hours, safety, and workers.

Call 311 for assistance.

For complaints about child abuse, go to the Child Abuse page.

For complaints about pre-k site opening delays, closures, or seating availability due to closures, go to the School Calendar and Closures page.