Chancellor Carmen Fariña Kicks Off Public School Pre-K Admissions

  • Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 Updated: Tue Mar 10, 2020

As City Works Towards Historic, Full-day, High-quality Pre-k Expansion, DOE Opens Application Process to Families for Public School Programs. Grassroots Awareness Campaign – Utilizing Subway Ads, Phone Calls, Social Media, and On-the-Ground Canvassing – Will Inform Parents of Pre-K Options, Process, and Benefits

Chancellor Carmen Fariña and the New York City Department of Education today opened the pre-kindergarten admissions process for the 2014-2015 school year. The Mayor has put forward a plan for historic pre-k expansion that would provide full-day, high-quality pre-k programs to 73,250 students by the 2015-2016 school year, approximately 53,000 of which would be available in September 2014.

Approximately 50,000 four-year-olds do not have access to free full-day pre-k programs, even though studies clearly show the importance of an early childhood education:

  • Children experience rapid brain development in the first five years of life.
  • Research from leading economists shows that every dollar spent on high-quality early childhood programs for disadvantaged children creates $7 to $10 in future savings.
  • Children who participate in high-quality pre-k attain higher levels of education and receive higher incomes as adults.

Parents can now learn about and start applying for public school pre-k options online or by walking into a Borough Enrollment Office. The City currently has the ability to serve children across 1,400 locations in elementary schools and community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs. These programs include roughly 24,000 public school seats in 570 schools, 16,000 of which are full-day. More seats are available in community-based organizations (CBOs), with a combination of full-day and part-day programming.  Children born in 2010 who live in New York City are eligible to apply to the variety of offerings available for September 2014.

The application deadline for public school options is now April 23 instead of April 1 to accommodate an expected expansion once the State allows for a dedicated, reliable funding stream. The Department will notify families about public school placements in early June.

“Every family of every New York City four-year-old should enroll their child—the short- and long-term benefits are irrefutable. We’re taking a multi-faceted approach to let families in every neighborhood know both about the benefits and their options. With a variety of high-quality offerings across the five boroughs, parents should consider the program that best suits their needs,”said schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “As we open admissions in public schools, we also have an historic expansion within reach. Families have long clamored for more high-quality, full-day options, and as educators, we’ve sought for decades to deliver. This is our moment—and we are ready to seize it.”

The DOE is currently performing site visits and evaluating quality among the 280 elementary schools seeking more full-day seats as well as the 650 CBOs that responded to the City’s RFP for full-day expansion. In sum, those applications represent about 29,000 potential new, full-day pre-k seats. When the state provides additional funding, parents will be notified of and offered new high-quality, full-day options, and will be able to adjust their applications.

Between now and April 23, the DOE will launch a multi-faceted public awareness campaign, which includes subway and bus shelter ads, phone banking and robo-calls to parents of four-year-olds, canvassing in various neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, and outreach on social media.

Important Information about Pre-K Admissions Process and Events

  • Families can obtain the 2014-2015 Pre-Kindergarten Directory – a list of all current public school and CBO pre-k programs and information about how to apply online – at the pre-K website, at enrollment offices, or at any public elementary school with a pre-k program. 
  • Families can submit the public school application either online or in person at an enrollment office. Families can also visit their local public library branch to complete the online application after they sign up for a free library card.
  • The application for community-based organization (CBO) pre-k programs is available at CBO program sites and on the DOE’s pre-K website. Families should submit applications to CBO programs directly, and will be notified by CBOs of their placement. CBOs may continue to accept applications as long as they have openings, so families are encouraged to contact CBOs about seat availability before they apply.
  • The Department will hold pre-k information sessions – all of which will run from 5:30-7:00 p.m. – in each borough beginning today, March 3. Representatives from the Office of Student Enrollment and the Office of Early Childhood Education will present information about pre-kindergarten programs and the admissions process. Interpretation services will be available. For ongoing updates about the admissions process, sign up for email updates online.


Date (2014)




Monday, March 3

The High School of Fashion

225 West 24thStreet

Staten Island

Wednesday, March 5

P.S. 069 Daniel D. Tompkins

144 Keating Place


Thursday, March 6

Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus

500 East Fordham Road


Tuesday, March 11

Sunset Park High School

153 35thStreet


Thursday, March 13

Forest Hills High School

67-01 110thStreet

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