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Match Day: First Children Accepted To City’s New Full-Day Pre-K Programs

June 5, 2014

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Mayor de Blasio delivers admissions news to a parent in Flatlands, whose child was accepted to P.S. 203

City urges parents to apply for one of the 25,000 high-quality full-day seats at Community-Based Early Childhood Centers

NEW YORK—A year and a half after he first put forward his plan for free, full-day pre-K for every child in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the first wave of acceptances to the City’s expanded pre-K programs. As part of the expansion, 4,300 new full-day public school seats were available for families this year. In total, offer letters went out to parents today for more than 20,000 high-quality full-day pre-K seats in public schools across the five boroughs. To mark the occasion, the Mayor welcomed a father and his 3-year-old daughter to the Floyd Bennett School (P.S. 203) in Flatlands, at which the family was offered a pre-K seat for the coming school year.

The Department of Education is sending notifications to parents today, indicating whether families who applied by April 23 had received an offer to a public school program. The education department urged all parents—including those who did not receive an offer to a public school program—to apply to programs open at Community-Based Early Childhood Centers, which will offer more than 25,000 high-quality, full-day pre-K seats this September. For the first time ever, parents can apply to CBECCs online at, where information on each program is available. All families who applied to public school programs also received an application for CBECCs in the mail.  

“This is a big, big day for families and for all of us committed to giving every child the best possible start in life. Today is a huge milestone—but it’s not the end of the road. There are hundreds of incredible community-based programs ready to provide a great pre-K experience, and we want every parent to take advantage of all the new choices out there,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Parents who received an offer to a public school pre-K program have until June 20 to register with the school. Additional full-day public school seats will be announced in the coming weeks.

Among public-school pre-K programs:

  • 19,689 children were matched to a full-day seat, compared to 14,407 last year
  • Only 3 percent of full-day seats were unfilled, compared to 9.5 percent last year
  • 45 percent of applicants to pre-K programs were matched with their first choice
  • An additional 18 percent of applicants were matched to one of their other ranked choices
  • 37 percent of applicants could not be matched to a program, but will receive assistance applying to high-quality community-based early childhood center programs within their neighborhoods

To find a free full-day pre-K in your neighborhood and receive alerts and information, visit or text prek to 877877.

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