Pre-Kindergarten Programs (Pre-K)

Most early education or child care programs continue through Pre-K so if your child is currently enrolled in a program, it is likely he or she can remain in that program until ready for Kindergarten.

Additional Pre-K options include the NYC Department of Education's Pre-K Program, Early Childhood Divisions at Continuing Independent Schools, and Pre-K programs in Faith-Based Schools.

The NYC Department of Education facilitates tuition-free 3-K and Pre-K programs in some public schools, early childhood centers, and community-based agencies.  These programs are open to all children living in New York City who turn three or four by December 31 of the enrollment year. 

More information about NYC 3-K is available at NYC DOE.

More information about NYC Pre-K is available at NYC DOE.

Below are significant dates in the application process for NYC DOE 3-K & Pre-K.  These are for families applying during the 2023-2024 school year for admission in fall 2024.  

***If you missed the NYC 3-K or NYC Pre-K deadline, you can still participate in admissions by adding your child to waitlists. Please visit to search and join waitlists.  Learn more in the NYC DOE's “How to Add Your Child to Waitlists” video.***

Dates are subject to change. Please watch the NYC DOE site and sign up for DOE admissions emails for the latest information. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024: 3-K Application Opens
Friday, March 1, 2024: 3-K Application Closes
Thursday, May 16, 2024: 3-K Offer Release

Wednesday, January 10, 2024: Pre-K Application Opens
Friday, March 1, 2024: Pre-K Application Closes
Tuesday, May 14, 2024: Pre-K Offer Release