3K logoNew York City’s 3-K for All initiative is about to get a whole lot bigger.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña have announced that the City’s successful 3-K for All program will now be expanded to six more school districts across all five boroughs beginning next September.

3-K for All, the DOE’s ambitious effort to provide free, universal, full-day, high-quality early childhood education to all City three-year olds, builds on the success of the City’s Pre-K for All program, which is now open to all City four-year olds.

Currently, 3-K for All is active in District 7 (South Bronx) and District 23 (Brownsville). Going forward, the City will expand the 3-K for All program to two additional school districts each year beginning at the start of the 2018–19 school year:

  • 2018-19: District 4 (East Harlem) and District 27 (Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Rockaways)
  • 2019–20: District 9 (Grand Concourse, Highbridge, Morrisania) and District 31 (Staten Island)
  • 2020-21: District 19 (East New York) and District 29 (Briarwood, Holliswood, Laurelton, Queens Village, Springfield Gardens)

Each pair of districts will have a two-year expansion period, and they will each be able to offer universal access to City three-year olds at the start of their second year.

The new districts were selected with the goal of expanding 3-K for All to all five boroughs. Other factors taken into consideration when selecting these districts included community need and and whether district leaders had the ability to build on prior educational investments that were made in each of these communities. Ultimately, the DOE’s goal is to expand this early education program citywide, but the City will first require additional support from State and federal partners.

“Early education is essential to the success of our students and City, and today we’re taking another big step forward,” said Chancellor Fariña when announcing the 3-K for All expansion. “Together with our other investments in education – including Pre-K for All, Universal Literacy, and Algebra for All – this expansion is going to have a major impact on students, families, and communities across all five boroughs.”


Mayor de Blasio added, “3-K for All is making a powerful difference in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn. These six new districts will give kids across the five boroughs the strongest possible start in life and ease the financial burden for their families. As a parent and mayor, there is no more worthwhile cause than expanding opportunity for all our kids.”

To learn more about the DOE’s 3-K for All expansion, check out our official press release.

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