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Do you currently live in New York City and have a child born in 2016 or 2017?

If so, you can apply to NYC’s free, full-day early childhood education programs!

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All families with children born in 2016 can apply for NYC’s pre-k programs. Check out the DOE’s MySchools directory to learn more about the pre-k programs in your neighborhood.

Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) for All

Available citywide, Pre-K for All provides four-year-old children with opportunities to develop language, social skills, and awareness of the world, at no cost to City families.

And from now until Monday, March 16, all City families with children born in 2016 can participate in the 2020 Pre-K Admissions process.

Pre-K programs are available across the City in NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs), District Schools, and Pre-K Centers. To learn more about the City’s pre-k programs, including locations, admissions priorities, and other info, check out the DOE’s MySchools directory or stop by your local Family Welcome Center to pick up a printed copy of the 2020 NYC Pre-K Admissions Guide.

Interested in checking out a pre-k program in person before finalizing your application? Visiting a pre-k program is often the best way to determine if it may be the right place for your child. Check out our Pre-K Open Houses Calendar to learn more.

Remember; pre-k applications are due on Monday, March 16, 2020, and they can be submitted online at MySchools, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in person at a Family Welcome Center. Families can apply online in ten languages, or in one of over 200 languages over the phone or in person.

3-K Student Playing with Blocks

Want to know more about what goes on inside of a 3-K classroom? Check out our DOE 101 feature, “What Do Children Learn in a 3-K Classroom?

3-K for All

Available in 16 school districts across the five boroughs for the 2020–2021 school year, 3-K for All provides three-year-olds with early learning opportunities that help support their social and emotional development, language and literacy, early math skills, and even physical development.

Families with children born in 2017 can participate in this year’s 3-K Admissions process from now until Friday, April 24, 2020. 3-K programs are available to all families in a growing number of school districts in the same settings as pre-k, as well as in home-based family child care. In all other school districts, there are free or low-cost 3-K programs for families who qualify based on their income and needs.

Interested in visiting a 3-K program before finalizing your application? Check out our 3-K Open Houses Calendar to see which schools have scheduled special admissions events or tours for families.

Remember; 3-K applications are due on Friday, April 24, 2020, and families can apply for 3-K online at MySchools, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in person at a Family Welcome Center. You can apply online in ten languages or in one of over 200 languages over the phone or in person.

Pre-K students lining up outside of their classroom

Don’t forget that 3-K and pre-k applications are not first-come, first-served, and you can update your application at any time before submitting.

To learn more, visit and to find open houses, sign up for our email lists to get admissions tips and updates, and explore our programs through MySchools.

On behalf of the DOE, we wish all of our participating families a smooth application process!

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