Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

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

Education Toddler Pre-Schooler

In free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K, teachers spark wonder and ignite learning in children. Pre-K for All gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school and a better chance at success in life. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience.

  • Applications for the 2020-2021 school year open in early 2020.
  • Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed. If you did not apply, you can still take part—add your child to programs' wait lists by contacting schools directly or with MySchools.
  • Apply online, by phone, or in person.
  • Available for students with disabilities and students learning English.
  • Requires proof of address and child’s age.

Am I Eligible?

All New York City families with a child born in 2016 can apply to Pre-K for All starting in February, 2020.

What Will I Need to Apply?

After you find out which Pre-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

Pre-K applications for the 2020-2021 school year open in early 2020. When the application opens:

How Can I Get Help?

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Updated December 5, 2019