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

If so, there’s still time to apply to NYC’s free Pre-K for All programs!

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From now until Sunday, March 29, City families with children born in 2016 can participate in the 2020 Pre-K Admissions process.

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.

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.

Families can apply both online 24 hours a day, via MySchools or via phone at 718-935-2009 between the hours of 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. If you have questions about your application, please call us or email us at

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

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