Pre-kindergarten programs are available at some public schools and many NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).
Pre-kindergarten for the 2018/19 school year is available to all children who were born in 2014 and live in New York City. The application period is over, but you can contact pre-k programs directly to be placed on the waitlist.
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017/18 school year, but you can contact schools directly to see if they have seats available.
You can check the list of schools that may have available seats for the current school year. The NYC Early Education Center Directory and the Pre-K Directory handbook provide a list and information about NYCEEC programs. The handbook is also available on Department of Education's website
Availability may change, so contact the school or NYCEEC directly to check.