Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

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

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The Pre-K application for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Apply on MySchools by March 18, 2022.

Pre-K programs help children get a strong start in school and life. Your child can learn to problem-solve, ask questions, and explore the world around them in a safe, nurturing learning community.

  • Apply to pre-K for the 2023-2024 school year by March 10, 2023.
  • In New York City, children begin pre-K in the calendar year they turn four.
  • Pre-K programs offer Full day, Extended Day and Year and Head Start seat types, each with their own eligibility requirements. Learn more.
  • Pre-K programs are offered throughout the five boroughs in three settings. Each setting offers a consistent DOE high-quality, play-based curriculum. Settings might be:
    • select public elementary schools,
    • Pre-K centers run by NYCDOE staff, and
    • community-based organizations called NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).

Who is eligible

All NYC families with children born in 2018 can enroll for the 2023-2024 school year.

Children with disabilities or who are learning English can attend pre-K for all.

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

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

Apply for Pre-K in one of these ways:

  • Online with MySchools. You can apply in English, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Urdu.
  • By phone by calling 718-935-2009. Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages.
  • In-person at a Family Welcome Center.

Eligible families can also 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.

You can also find half-day pre-K programs and charter school pre-K program in MySchools.

How to get help

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Updated February 9, 2023