Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

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

Education Toddler Pre-Schooler

Children who attend Pre-K for All programs get a strong start in school and life. They learn to problem-solve, ask questions, and explore the world around them. Pre-K programs provide children across NYC with a safe, nurturing learning community.

  • Applications for the 2021-22 school year open on February 24, 2021, and the deadline to apply is April 19, 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

Who is eligible

All New York City families with a child born in 2017 can apply to Pre-K for All for the 2021-22 school year.

What you need to apply

View the pre-registration checklist to learn more about the documents you need to pre-register your child and accept their Pre-K offer. For translated copies of the checklist, view the Documents section of the Pre-K for All enrollment page.

How to apply

The Pre-K application for the 2021-22 school year opens on February 24, and the deadline to apply is April 19. 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.

Eligible families can also use this application to apply for free or low-cost pre-K programs with an extended day and year, including Head Start. Eligibility is based on income and needs.

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