June 3, 2014
Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffGp1F0FaEE
Department of Education will extend offers to parents on Thursday for 20,000 available pre-K seats in public schools
City launches first-ever online application process for Community-Based Early Childhood Centers; parents can apply in person at public schools with openings
NEW YORK—This Thursday, parents who have applied to public school pre-K programs will hear back from the Department of Education, and Mayor Bill de Blasio today laid out steps every parent should take to maximize their chances of finding the right pre-K program, regardless of whether they secure a public school offer.
Last week, the City announced it was offering 25,000 high-quality, full-day pre-K seats in Community-Based Early Childhood Centers across the five boroughs, on top of the 20,000 available in public schools. Starting today, the City is launching an online application process to help parents find and apply for high-quality CBECC seats in their neighborhood. Even more programs and seats will be made available in the weeks ahead.
“If you’ve ever had a child attend our public schools, then you know well the stress of navigating all the programs to find the right fit. What we want every parent to know is that come September, there will be more options than ever for high-quality, full-day pre-K across the five boroughs. Whether your child is accepted to a public school program this week or not, there are more options—both at community facilities and at other public schools—to find the right fit,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Mayor laid out the steps parents seeking a pre-K slot should take:
All pre-K programs at public schools and CBECCs are listed and mapped at nyc.gov/prek, and additional information about each program is available through the website. Online applications are now open for CBECCs.
To find a free pre-K in your neighborhood and receive alerts and information, visit nyc.gov/prek or text 877877.