To be eligible for pre-K, a child must be:
- A New York City resident
- 4 years old by December 31 of the year of enrollment
Admissions Priorities and Regulations
Full Day Programs
Admissions are managed by the Department of Education's Office of Student Enrollment. Admissions are not based on a first-come, first-served basis, but instead follow the admissions priorities listed in the Pre-K Finder.
Half Day and 5 Hour Programs
Admission priorities vary by program. Applying to half-day or 5-hour programs does not affect pre-K admissions to full-day programs.
You can get detailed information about admissions priorities and regulations in the Pre-K Admissions Guide online.
Get Pre-K enrollment information.