Early education for three-year-olds

3-K for All (3-K) | NYC Department of Education

Education Toddler Pre-Schooler

3-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds. Visit nyc.gov/3k to find programs for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Applications for the 2020-2021 school year open in Winter 2020
  • Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed but you can still participate—add your child to programs' wait lists by contacting schools directly or with MySchools
  • Apply online, by phone, or in person
  • Search for programs and add your child to the wait list by phone at 718-935-2009 or at a Family Welcome Center
  • Available for students with disabilities and students learning English
  • Requires proof of address and child's age
  • 3-K is currently offered in the following school districts: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 31, and 32

Am I Eligible?

NYC families who have a child born in 2017 can apply to 3-K for All in select School Districts.

What Will I Need to Apply?

After you find out which 3-K program your child can go to, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of child’s age
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Proof of address with two documents

I'm Ready To Apply

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year open in Winter 2020. When the application opens, apply to 3-K:

  • Online
    • Use MySchools to look at different programs before applying. Type in your address to see programs near you.
    • Apply for the program(s) of your choice.
  • Over the phone by calling 718-935-2067 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm, except holidays)
  • In person at a Family Welcome Center

How Can I Get Help?

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Updated December 5, 2019