Time to Apply to Public Pre-K

If your child turns 4 in 2013, you are eligible to apply to public pre-K. It is a attractive option to private preschools for many Brooklyn parents. However, the most desirable public NYC pre-K programs can be more difficult to get in to than an Ivy League college. Here is what you need to know if you are interested in applying

  • Pre-K is free. Families do not have to pay to attend programs offered by the NYC Department of Education.
  • Programs can be half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) or full day (6 hours and 20 minutes). Half-day programs may take place in the morning or afternoon.
  • Programs are available at public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs). There are separate application processes for public schools and CBOs.
  • Apply between March 4 and April 5. Early June: offer letters sent, June 5 – 19: pre-registration at schools.
  • Admission is NOT first-come, first-served. All applications received by the deadline are treated the same, according to standard pre-k admissions priorities.
  • Several schools have more seats available than the directories state.
  • This year, for the first time, students already enrolled in a school’s pre-k will have preference for that school’s kindergarten over other out of zone kids who apply

To find out more, you can attend the Brooklyn info session from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on 3/11:

Brooklyn Monday, March 11 Sunset Park High School 153 35th Street

From Joyce Szuflita or NYC School Help, here is a list of elementary schools that parents in and around Downtown Brooklyn could consider touring:

District 13

  • PS 8 final open house 3/6 9-10:30am
  • PS 9 Tours 3/15, 4/12, 5/31 @ 9am register online
  • PS 11 Tours 3/14 @ 9:00am
  • PS 46 Open Houses/tours for Dual Language Spanish: 3/15, 5/3 @ 8:30-10am, no need to register, for info: Parent Coordinator, Cecilia Lopez or Jay Johnson or at 718-834-7694, non Spanish speakers can apply up to the first grade level, Spanish speakers at any grade
  • PS 133 5/10 register here They are looking for fluent Spanish speaker so they can open a second DLS class

District 15