Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Tuesday, January 17 announced the opening of first-round of Pre-K for All applications for the 2017-2018 school year.
All New York City families with children born in 2013 are now eligible to apply for Pre-K for All, with the main round of applications set to close Friday, February 24.
The Pre-K for All initiative ensures free, full-day, high-quality pre-K seats for every four-year old in New York City (including those with disabilities and those who speak a language other than English at home). Last school year, a record 70,430 students registered for the program, a number that did not surprise its supporters.
“First and foremost, I encourage all families with children born in 2013 to apply. . .this is a critical year where students will build the foundation they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond,” said Fariña, announcing also the introduction of Pre-K Quality Snapshots, a new tool created to help educate families about different program options. “Families are our partners in the work of educating New York City’s children – from pre-K through 12th grade – and the new Snapshot is one more way of getting them clear information on pre-K programs and helping them make the best decisions for their child.”
“We have made Pre-K for All a reality in New York City, and it is transformative for tens of thousands of students and families,” added Mayor Bill de Blasio. “All families with children born in 2013 should apply – not only are our four-year-olds getting an invaluable foundation for their education, this program is also easing the financial burden of child care for hard-working New Yorkers.”
To help guide families through the application process (which allows families to rank 12 full-day pre K programs by order of interest), the Department of Education will host information sessions in every borough through January 31, with presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at each site.
Brooklyn’s will take place on Tuesday, January 31 at Clara Barton High School, located at 901 Classon Avenue.
Families can complete the single application process online at www.nyc.gov/prek, over the phone at 718-935-2067, or in person at a Family Welcome Center.
A second round of applications will begin on April 24.