4 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Your child’s verbal and social skills will continue to grow during their exciting year in Pre-K! Expect them to be able to repeat their first and last name, tell lots of stories, and describe experiences by talking, drawing, and writing. The City’s free Pre-K program ignites their interest in learning and helps develop stronger math and reading skills in elementary school. Scroll down to find out more about this amazing program!



10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Join the library for storytime with songs and fingerplay, and stay for playtime afterwards.

Baby Storytime & Playtime

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Children and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, and fingerplays in Spanish.

Baby & Toddler Playtime

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet babies, toddlers, and parents in the neighborhood for playtime.


Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

Pre-K for All (Pre-K)

NYC Department of Education

Enroll your child in a free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K program.

Head start for 3 & 4 year olds

EarlyLearn NYC Head Start

NYC Department of Education

Eight hours a day of free early care and education for three and four year olds.


How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about their development.

What most 4 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Enjoy doing new things
    • Play “Mom” and “Dad”
    • Are more and more creative with make-believe play
    • Would rather play with other children than by themselves, and cooperate with other children
    • Often can’t tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
    • Talk about what they are interested in
  • Communication

    • Know some basic rules or grammar, such as correctly using “he” and “she”
    • Can sing a song or say a poem from memory such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the “Wheels on the Bus”
    • Tell stories
    • Can say first and last name
  • Learning

    • Are better able to answer questions, show understanding, and follow directions
    • Learn through play
    • Are better able to tell reality from fantasy
    • Show fast development of thinking skills like predicting, making comparisons, and reasoning
    • Have increased ability to describe experiences and express thoughts and feelings in a variety of ways with talking, drawing, writing, and/or movement
    • Can name some colors and some numbers, understand the idea of counting
    • Start to understand time
    • Remember parts of a story
    • Understand the idea of “same” and “different”
    • Can draw a person with two to four body parts, use scissors
  • Physical Development

    • Hop and stand on one foot up to two seconds
    • Can catch a bounced ball most of the time
    • Pour, cut with adult help, and mash own food
  • Health

    • Have 5 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 1 ½ cups of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 to 1 ½ cups of fruits daily
    • Have 2 ½ cups of milk daily
    • Have 4 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have 1 hour of adult-led physical activity
    • Sleep about 10-13 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with shots

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Can’t jump in place, has trouble scribbling
    • Shows no interest in interactive games or make believe
    • Ignores other children or doesn’t respond to people outside the family
    • Resists dressing, sleeping, and using the toilet
    • Can’t retell a favorite story
    • Doesn’t understand “same” and “different”
    • Doesn’t use “me” and “you” correctly