Early education for three-year-olds

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

Education Toddler Pre-Schooler

The application for 3-K for All is open! Learn more about the program on this page, and be sure to apply by April 14.

3-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for three-year-olds.

  • Apply to 3-K for the 2022-2023 school year by April 14, 2022.
  • In New York City, you can apply to 3-K in the calendar year that your child turns three.
  • In fall 2022, 3-K for All programs will be offered in 32 districts.
    • Find your school district by using the School Search map tool or calling 311.
    • You can apply to any school district across the city.
    • Your child has priority to attend 3-K for All programs in the district where you live.
  • Children can enroll in Full Day, Extended Day and Year, and Head Start seat types. Learn more.
  • 3-K programs are offered at some public elementary schools, Pre-K centers that are run by NYC DOE staff, community-based organizations, and home-based family child care centers. Each setting offers a consistent DOE high-quality, play-based curriculum.

Who is eligible

  • All New York City families with children born in 2019 can enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Children with disabilities or who are learning English can attend 3-K for All.

Children do not need to be toilet trained to attend 3-K.


How to apply

  • Use MySchools to find a 3-K program near you and apply.
    • You can apply in English, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu.
    • After you apply, you can make changes to your application before the deadline.
  • You can apply by phone at 718-935-2009 or through a Family Welcome Center
    • Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages.

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Updated March 12, 2022