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 in a growing number of school districts. There are also free or low-cost 3-K programs with an extended day and year, including Head Start, in every school district.

  • Application for the 2021-2022 school year opens February 24, 2021, and the deadline to apply is May 28, 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.
  • In fall 2021, 3-K for All programs will be offered in these districts:
    • Manhattan: Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
    • Bronx: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
    • Brooklyn: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 32
    • Queens: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30
    • Staten Island: 31
  • Find your school district by using the School Search map tool or calling 311.

Who is eligible

NYC families who have a child born in 2018 can apply to 3-K for All for the 2021-22 school year.


What you need to apply

View the pre-registration checklist to learn more about what you’ll need to pre-register your child and accept their 3-K offer. For translated copies of the checklist, view the Documents section of the 3-K enrollment page.


How to apply

The 3-K application for the 2021-22 school year opens on February 24, and the deadline to apply is April 30. Families can apply one of two ways:

  • Online with MySchools. Apply online in English, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu.
  • Over the phone by calling 718-935-2009. Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages.

How to get help

  • Visit the 3-K website to find out more information
  • Call 311 if you have questions about 3-K
  • Email 3-K admissions if you have questions about getting into 3-K

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Updated March 30, 2021