Great news!

Families who are looking to have their 4-year old children placed into pre-k for the start of the 2017-18 school year can begin applying for their preferred pre-k program options TODAY.

To qualify for a pre-k seat in time for first day of the 2017-18 school year in September 2017, prospective students must reside in New York City and have been born in 2013. There are free, full-day, high-quality pre-k seats for every 4-year old in the City, and families have until February 24 to get their applications in before the main application round closes.


Pre-K Quality Snapshots make it easier to understand which pre-k programs are the “right fit” for each of our families.

Finding the right pre-k program for your child has never been easier. Start off your search by using the DOE’s Pre-K Directory to identify pre-k options in your neighborhood and borough, and then use the DOE’s Pre-K Finder to learn more about your preferred pre-k programs. New to the Pre-K Finder this year are Pre-K Quality Snapshots, which are informative resources that provide clear, concise, and accessible data about individual pre-k programs. Currently, there are Snapshots available for nearly 1,800 full-day pre-k programs, and each Snapshot will be updated annually.

In addition to our online resources, families can also attend one of the following borough-wide information sessions between January 18 and January 31:

  1. January 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
    Forest Hills High School
    67-01 110th Street
    Queens, 11375
  2. January 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
    P.S./M.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos
    499 West 133rd Street
    Manhattan, 10027
  3. January 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
    Staten Island Technical High School
    485 Clawson Street
    Staten Island, 10306
  4. January 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
    P.S. 65 Mother Hale Academy
    677 East 141st Street
    Bronx, 10454
  5. January 31, 6 – 8 p.m.
    Clara Barton High School
    901 Classon Avenue
    Brooklyn, 11225

To attend any of these sessions, please visit our Pre-K Events website and click the “Let us know if you can make it” link to register.

Also, please note that many of our pre-k programs will host their own open houses that will enable families to learn even more about their options. Please visit our Pre-K Events page for an up-to-date list of our open houses.

On behalf of all of us at the DOE, we wish all of our applicants success! And remember: SUBMISSIONS FOR THE MAIN APPLICATION ROUND ARE DUE BY FEBRUARY 24, 2017!

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